Feb. 15, 1929 — Sept. 21, 2017
Merlin E. Walker, age 88, of Algona died on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. Funeral services were held Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Algona. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in Algona, with military rites conducted by the Hagg-Turner American Legion Post #90 and the VFW Post #2541 of Algona. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Merlin’s name and directed to the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona.
Merlin Eugene Walker, the son of Archie and Violet (Rich) Walker, was born on Feb. 15, 1929, on the family farm in Lotts Creek Township. He attended country school near the family farm. Merlin worked several different jobs throughout his life, and while working for a farmer in Buffalo Center, he met his future wife. On Feb. 23, 1951, Merlin married Minnie J. Winter at the First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center. Merlin served for the U. S. Army from 1951 to 1953. During that time he served in Korea for 18 months. Merlin started farming in 1954 and continued until a few years ago. He milked cows for 42 years.
Merlin was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a 50-year member of the American Legion, and a former member of Good Hope Methodist Church in rural Lone Rock.
Left to cherish Merlin’s memory are Minnie, his wife of 66 years; Jean (Bob) Kent of Algona and their children - Aaron (Lindsey) Kent, Shelby Kent, and Becca (Andrew) Johnson; Judy (Tim) Samp of Algona and child, Nate Samp; Doug (Jeanette) Walker of Algona and their children - Jeremy (Kayla) Walker, Paul (Ashley) Walker, Alyssa (Heri) Rakotoarivelo, and Kyle (Heather) Walker; and Don (Denise) Walker of Algona and their children - Darla (Tony) Virelli, Danielle (Dan) Ries, Debra (fiance` Everett Scott) Walker, and Darcy (Logan) Wood; 16 great grandchildren; brother, Durwood (Donna Mae) Walker of Algona; and sister-in-law, Bernice Walker of Algona. His parents; brothers -Robert, Raymond, and Vern Walker; and sisters - Loretta Broesder, Irene Holdren, Grace Bjustrom, and Charlotte Walker preceded him in death.
In lieu of thank yous, Merlin’s family will be making a donation in Merlin’s honor directed towards the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight. Merlin’s video tribute may be viewed at www.lentzfuneralhome.com. The Lentz Funeral Home in Algona is serving the family, exclusive provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.