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Merle Usher

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Merle M. Usher age 84 of Nashua, Iowa died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Waverly Health Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday December 7, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Nashua with Pastor Okitakoyi Lundula officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery with Brian Lumley, Kody Usher, Andrew Pahnisch, Laine Lumley, Austin Birmingham, Richard Lumley serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday December 6, 2012 at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Nashua. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church. Merle Myron Usher was born July 21,1928, near Bassett in rural Chickasaw County Iowa, the son of Walter and Justina (Erickson) Usher. He attended rural country school through the 8th grade and then helped his family on the farm. He met his future wife Mary while playing softball in the Bassett area. The couple were united in marriage on October 28, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union three children were born, Jeff, Barb and Julie. The couple made Nashua their home and Merle worked at the former White Farm in Charles City for 28 years. He was an avid racoons hunter. He enjoyed going out late at night with his friends in search of coons. Once he retired from White Farm, he gained a new interest in horse racing and would race three to four horses throughout the summer at local race tracks in Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His prized horse’s name was “Bergman” who won many races in his career. Merle enjoyed gardening and always had a garden that was to large. He loved to share and give away his produce. He also enjoyed getting out into the community to see neighbors and friends around town. Merle is survived by one son, Jeff (Korine) Usher of Thorton, Colorado; two daughters, Barb (Rich) Lumley and Julie (Jim) Betsinger all of Nashua. six grandchildren, Kara, Kody, Mary, Brian, Jill and Joel; eleven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Earl (Sam) Usher of Indianola, IA and Lyle Usher of Nashua. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Virgil Usher; three sisters, Dorothy Bonwell, Helen Jones, and Mildred Buckle.

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  1. BARB & RICH SO SORRY TO HEAR YOU HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE. OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE USHER FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU DAVE & MARGE MAYO 1080 KELLY DR. NASHVILLE,NORTH CAROLINA 27856

  2. I have known Merle all my life,always a big grin and happy!! Dad and Merle would go coon hunting and can never forget the stories!! My family and Merle and Mary’s family share many, many memories. My tears tell me he and dad are sure ‘catching up’on all the happening since dad passed away. Merle was a special friend also to Jim as always talked ‘horse racing’! He will be missed but we all have our many memories!! Our sympathy and love to all the family. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Sandy and Jim Miller

  3. I will always remember all the good times with Merle when I went to the horse races with my family. He always made instant friends with everyone, even people he just met. Merle loved to have a good time with friends and family. You will be greatly missed. Lorie Connor Fisher

  4. I knew Merle throgh Mary when we worked together at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. He was always so positive and cheerful. My sympathy to his family. Now he and Mary are together again. I know he was lonely without her. Mary Wegner New Hampton


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