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Merle Hayden

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Merle D. Hayden, age 90, of Charles City, IA, died on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Floyd County Memorial Hospital in Charles City. Merle Donald Hayden was born July 4, 1922, the son of Earl and Mabel (Gleason) Hayden in Elma, IA. After graduating from high school in 1940 he drove truck for his dad. In 1943 Merle enlisted in the United States Army, and on June 23 of that year he was united in marriage to Lorraine Stapleton in Boise, ID. While in the military, Merle was in the 801st Aviation Engineers where he worked to build and repair air strips in the Azore Islands and Okinawa. He received his honorable discharge in 1946, returning to Elma, continued to drive truck. The couple moved to Waterloo. While there, Merle worked for Iowa Public Service. They then moved to Charles City and owned a trucking business for several years. Merle then worked Floyd County for 18 years until he retired in 1988. Merle was a member of the Charles City VFW post #3914 and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Chapter # 1409. He enjoyed his retirement and spending time with his grandson, Cole. He had a deep love for his wife, Lorraine and she for Merle. The couple enjoyed traveling the U.S. together. Merle is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Lorraine of Charles City; their children, Sandra Kostka of Springdale, AR, Bill Hayden of Nora Springs, IA, Larry Hayden of Charles City, IA and Trish (Tommy) Hayden-Brown of Wake Forest, NC; one brother, Jack (Kay) Hayden of Elma, IA; one grandson, Cole Hayden of Waterloo and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Elma, IA. Military rites will be provided by Elma VFW Post #597. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma and will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30am, Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, IA with Father Steve Garner celebrating the mass.

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  1. We extend our sympathies to all the family for your loss. We were blessed to meet your mom dad last year and truely enjoyed our visit with them. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Roy Pam Castillow Springdale, AR.

  2. I did not know Mr. Hayden but, I work with his daughter Sandy and just wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss. May God give you all peace and comfort during your loss.

  3. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sorry we can not be with but know our hearts are with you.

  4. Lorraine and Family ~ Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Having been our neighbors for so many years, the Hayden family will always be a part of my Iowa memories. God Bless

  5. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sandy, her mom and the rest of the family. From her Cargill friends and family. Doug Jones.

  6. Dear Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about your father. It has been a long time since we have spoke to eqach other, but I know that your family and friends will help you through this loss. I would love to hear from you. Merri (Edgar) Matteson

  7. So sorry for the loss of your father, he will be forever in your heart and you will always have wonderful memories. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Jim June Long

  8. So sorry to hear of Merles passing. I remember the fun times you had with my parents Paul Grace. And I also cherish the good times I shared with the Hayden family.

  9. To the Hayden family, we are all so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. May all your wonderful memories stay in your hearts forever. We use to be old friends back in Waterloo years ago. My father is still with us, he is in a nursing home in Mason City. My mother passed away in 1996. God bless you all. Sarah Jim Schaack

  10. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 3418 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 528,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 213-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.


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