Merlin H. Geuder, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center. Graveside services to return both Merlin and Irene to their place of rest will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, at Guttenberg City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Ronald McDonald House, 730 Hawkins Drive in Iowa City, or to the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home, 313 Elkader Street, Strawberry Point, IA 52076.
Merlin was born in Guttenberg, IA on June 19, 1926, the son of John and Ilo (Walke) Geuder. He grew up in Guttenberg, attended local schools and later married Irene Peake in Guttenberg on February 13, 1945. A short time after getting married, Merlin proudly served in The U.S. Army during WWII. After returning home from the service, Merlin farmed for over 30 years and also worked as a salesman for Stutsmans in Hills, IA prior to retiring in 1992.
Merlin, along with Irene, were not only active within the Iowa City/Coralville communities, but also with their church, Christ the King Lutheran Church of Iowa City. They both volunteered countless hours at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Prior to moving to Coralville, Merlin and Irene were also members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg. Merlin also served for a number of years as a Clayton County area lay minister.
Survivors include his son Dennis Geuder (Patti Liming-Morrill) of Janesville, IA; two brothers, John Geuder Jr. (Betty) and Donald Geuder, both of Guttenberg, IA; a sister, Jaleen Fassbinder (Gerald) of Guttenberg, and a sister-in-law Jerri Geuder of Guttenberg, IA.
Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Irene, two daughter, Diane Geuder and Janet Ann Geuder; and a brother Douglas Geuder,
Online condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com