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Merle L. Kuehl

July 11, 1935 — October 3, 2017




July 11, 1935

OBrien County, Iowa


October 3, 2017

Remsen, Iowa


10:00 A.M. Monday, October 9, 2017

Zion United Church of Christ; Calumet, Iowa

Pastor Kristy May Officiating


family present will be from 4 6 P.M.

on Sunday, October 8, 2017

at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina


C.D. Can I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life


In The Garden

Organist: Florence Rehder


Jeremy Puhrmann Sr. David Puhrmann

Cory Miller Brandon Miller

Ethan Schwebach Duncan Schwebach


Prairie View Cemetery

Paullina, Iowa

Military graveside services by

Russell West Post of the American Legion of Paullina

After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited

to join to family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of the

Eldridge Family Funeral Home of Paullina


Merle Leon Kuehl the son of Irene Kuehl Hoppe was born July 11, 1935 in OBrien County, Iowa. The family lived near Calumet, Iowa. He attended country school and then Calumet School. He then worked for farmers in the area. On June 9, 1954, he was united in marriage to Gerda Tesch in Calumet, Iowa. In 1954, he entered the United States Army where he served overseas in Germany. After his discharge the couple settled in Paullina, where he operated the Standard Gas Station for a while. He always enjoyed the farm and in 1964 the couple moved to a farm west of Germantown, Iowa and farmed for many years. He and Gerda operated many businesss including livestock and feeder pigs. Music was an important part of the couples lives as Merle played the Concertina in Merle Kuehls Old Time Band. Gerda preceded him in death on September 29, 1998 in Sioux City. Merle remained on the family farm and continued to farm until his retirement. He moved to the Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen in 2015. He passed away at Happy Siesta on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 reaching the age of 82 years, 2 months and 22 days.

He was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Calumet, Iowa. He was a member of the Russell West Post of the American Legion and had served the Legion on the local, county, district and state levels.

Merle leaves to mourn his passing four daughters, Ronnette Puhrmann of Paullina, Iowa; Tamara (Mark) Miller of Cherokee, Iowa; Lori (Russ) Schwebach of Granville, Iowa and Michelle (Brad) Miller of Cornville, Arizona; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy (Leah) Puhrmann Sr., Tabitha Maxwell, David Puhrmann, Cory (fiance, Emily Kramer) Miller, Courtnie (Michael) Van Iperen, Ashley Miller, Ethan Schwebach, Duncan Schwebach, Meghan Miller and Brandon Miller; seven great grandchildren, Cameron Maxwell, Jeremy Puhrmann Jr., Alissa Maxwell, Hunter Puhrmann, Damien Van Iperen, McKensie Puhrmann and Caden Van Iperen; also one brother, Terry Hoppe of Calumet, Iowa; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Kuehl of Sutherland, Iowa, also other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his mother and one brother, Donald Kuehl.
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