Merle H. Tank
Merle H. Tank, of Oxford Junction, passed away on Jan. 9, 2021, at his home.
His visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dawson Funeral Services in Oxford Junction, Iowa. A private graveside service will be held at Dayton Valley Cemetery in rural Clarence.
Merle Harvey was born Oct. 10, 1935, in Davenport, Iowa, to Otto and Evelyn (Krutzfeld) Tank Jr. He graduated from Lowden High School and went on to attend the University of Iowa. On March 10, 1956, he was united in marriage to Donna Crosthwaite at Zion United Church of Christ in Lowden.
Farming was a huge part of Merle's life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, bowling and playing in and coaching fast pitch. He was the current president of Jones County Landfill, on the Oxford Junction Post committee and volunteered for the Oxford Junction Senior Center and Senior Apartments. Merle took great pride in the town of Oxford Junction and served as mayor for over 10 years. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Sheepshead.
Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Donna; five children, Teresa (Tom) Shere of Prophetstown, Ill., Lori Mussig of Tipton, Tom Tank of Clarence, Dan (Laura) Tank of Bennett and Steve Tank of Maquoketa; three grandchildren, Rachel, Mitchell and Andrew; two great-grandchildren, Shelbi and Jason; a sister, Sandi Klahn of Wheatland; and a brother, Darrell Tank of Calamus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ronald; and a grandson, Justin Curtin.
Cards or gifts of condolences can be directed to P.O. Box 258, Wyoming, IA 52362. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dawsonfuneral.com.