In memory of

Merle Oxley

March 23, 1935 - August 14, 2020
From: Sac City, IA
Merle Oxley

Merle Oxley

Born: March 23, 1935
Died: August 14, 2020
Age: 85
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   Merle Oxley, age 85 of Sac City, IA, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 14, 2020, at Loring Hospital in Sac City.

   Merle Duane Oxley, known to many as “Sonny”, was born on March 23, 1935, to parents Harold and Elsie (Crow) Oxley on a farm in Hancock County, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and survived a long, difficult battle with childhood polio, which he survived with no negative effect. He graduated from Corwith High School in 1953. His favorite activities in school were lunch, recess and baseball.

   In September of 1953, Merle married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Peterson, in Corwith, IA. Shortly after, Merle joined the United States Marine Corps. Merle and Marlene were blessed with three children: Joyce, David and Deb. Together they had a fourth child, Jeffrey that passed away along with his mother during childbirth in 1959.

   Upon moving to Fort Dodge, IA, to become a recruiter for the Marine Corp, he met and married Mildred “Millie” Lloyd in Blue Earth, MN. They became a family of five and would grow that number by three more as Kim, Todd, and Greg were born. Merle and Millie primarily made their homes in Storm Lake, Newell and eventually Sac City where they celebrated their 60th anniversary on July 29 of this year.

   Merle’s military service included active duty for eleven years, followed by an additional twenty years serving in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring in 1983. He achieved rank of Master Gunnery Sargent, the highest rank possible for an enlisted person. He played in the military band and played in the opening day parade at Disneyland. Merle was stationed in Okinawa in 1955/1956 for fifteen months and on several other bases across the U.S. He was very proud to serve his country.

   During his lifetime, he held several jobs including thirteen years at Hygrade where he served as president of the local union and managing the Dairy Queen in Storm Lake.  Merle completed his career with the United States Postal Service as Postmaster of the Lytton office.

   Merle was very musically talented and was involved in several musical groups over the years. He sang with numerous community choruses and quartets, as well as being a soloist for many area weddings and funerals. Always one to entertain, Merle joined and took part in many plays with the Buena Vista Community Theatre, including playing the part of the King in the King and I and had a leading role in the Music Man.

   Never one to sit still, Merle’s hobbies included a stint with stock race racing and involvement in the community serving as a member of the Lions Club, Toastmasters, and Kiwanis just to name a few. Merle’s love of horses led him to buy an acreage. He raised and bred Percherons and was a member of the Percheron Horse Association of America. He thoroughly enjoyed harnessing up his horses to give wagon rides and to work the land. He was always sure to attend the Albert City Threshermen and Collectors Show with his horses every August in Albert City, IA. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City.

   Merle was a man who loved his family dearly. Any time spent with them was cherished. They brought him so much joy and he was so proud of each and every one of them. He was a one-of-a-kind man who was full of so many great qualities that will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Burial will be held at the Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery in Van Meter.

   Merle leaves behind his wife of sixty years, Millie Oxley of Sac City, IA; children: Joyce Person of Chaska, MN, David (Mary) Oxley of Hastings, MN, Deb (Pete) Kemp of Stamford, NE, Kim (Walt) Jacobsen of Grimes, IA, Todd (Laurie) Oxley of Huxley, IA, and Greg (Tracy) Oxley of Stephenville, TX; grandchildren: Shannon Stenson, Brenna and Adrian Vanderhoff-Oxley, Chris and Melissa Thompson, Brook and Rachel Jacobsen, and Hannah and Allyn Oxley; sister Marian “Mim” (Roy) Shields of Aurora, CO; brother-in-law Jim Lloyd of NC; many extended family members and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marlene Oxley and infant son, Jeffrey; parents Harold and Elsie Oxley; sister and brother-in-law Ailene and Mort Mulford; parents-in-law Everett and Frances Lloyd; brother-in-law Keane Lloyd; and nephew Jim Mulford.

SERVICES
Celebration of Life Visitation
4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday
*Prayer Service @ 6:45 p.m.*
September 4, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
VISITATION
Celebration of Life Visitation
4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday
*Prayer Service @ 6:45 p.m.*
September 4, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
INTERMENT
Iowa Veteren's Cemetery
Van Meter, Iowa

Condolences

Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:59 PM
“We read Merle's obituary in The Times. He crammed a lot into his life...and he was such fun to know. We enjoyed both Merle and Millie when they, and we, were in Storm Lake.. We send our sympathy to Millie and family and thanks for many good memories sharpened by reading about his living.”
- Dwight & Susan Jo Young
Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 5:48 PM
“I was so saddened to hear of Merle's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. Remembering you and your family in prayer.”
- Sheila Zobrist
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10:05 AM
“I knew Merle through the BV Community Theatre shows we participated in many years ago. I never knew Merle without a smile and a positive attitude. I am glad I had the opportunity to know him. ”
- Maxine Kracht Butler
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10:05 AM
“I knew Merle through BV Community Theatre shows we participated in. I never knew Merle without a smile and am happy I had the opportunity to know him. My condolences for your family's loss. ”
- Maxine Kracht Butler
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10:05 AM
“Extending our condolences to all of you. So many wonderful memories of Merle. He always made us smile and warmed our hearts. The kids will always fondly remember their visits to Uncle Merle's and Aunt Millie's. He will be missed!! Sending our love and hugs to all of you. Jackie & Bruce”
- Jackie Lloyd
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 10:05 AM
“Millie, You have my deepest sympathy in your loss of Merle. I remember such fun times in the Haye Loft with you both. I was happy to reconnect a few weeks ago at the Villager....Thots and Prayers for your family”
- Melody Shepard
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:45 PM
“Millie, my deepest sympathies go to you and the family at this time. You are in my prayers. Melissa”
- Melissa Langbein
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 3:02 PM
“Millie & family. We are so sorry to hear of Merle's passing. Merle and your family were a big part of our lives in Newell. We remember working and being around Merle and the boys. So many stories to tell. I know He is looking down on us and laughing. Bill & Lana Crilly”
- Lana Crilly
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:52 AM
“Millie please accept my deepest condolences on Merle's passing. He always made me smile, even when I didn't feel like it. I know he'll be missed.”
- Suzanne Johnson
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:52 AM
“We are so sorry for loss”
- Darwin Huseman
Friday, August 21, 2020 at 12:16 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Millie and family...Merle was definitely one of a kind and we will miss him too. He touched so many lives with his kindness and humor and will be forever remembered.”
- Cindy and Ron Williams
Friday, August 21, 2020 at 12:16 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about Merle. He would light up a room with just his smile. I'm sure Merle and Dad are sitting around telling the other Angels some good stories. He will be missed.”
- Gregory Crow
Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 10:54 AM
“We are so sorry about Merle's passing. God threw the mold away when he made Merle. He was a one-of-a-kind guy and they just don't make them like him anymore. Our deepest sympathy.”
- Mike & Jeani Green
Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 10:54 AM
“Jim and I are so very saddened to hear of Merle's passing. He will always be remembered for his kindness. Our children enjoyed the rain rides during the Christmas season in Newell. Jim and I can were very privileged to have him don't at our wedding over 38 years ago. He will always be a treasured friend of our family.”
- Midge and Jim Townsend
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 9:44 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed our talks about the Crow side of the family and how we were related. I will keep you Millie and your family in my prayers. ”
- Karen Miner
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 4:54 PM
“So sorry Millie and family! He was my cousin thru my dads side. I am so appreciative of getting to know “sonny” as the miner family knew him. My heart hurts as I was with him in Kiwanis and especially a founding member of toastmasters. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.”
- Greg Miner
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:58 AM
“Millie, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Merle. He was such a character! I know you will have a void in your life, but his voice is singing in heaven tonight. My prayers to you and your family!”
- Mary Beth Juergens
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:58 AM
“Millie I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure the two of you had a life well lived. Take care, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Randy Hildreth
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:58 AM
“Our deepest sympathies.”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 6:17 PM
“Millie and family, So sorry to hear of Merle's passing. Remembering many stories that were told when we worked together. Thinking of you and a big virtual hug to you. ”
- Denny and Jean Lenz
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:41 AM
“Dear Millie & Family, So sorry for Loss of Merle. He was a strong, dedicated hard working man, loved his family ,horses and singing. He will be truly missed by all.”
- Candy & Mark Galbraith
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:41 AM
“So sorry to hear about Uncle Sonny's passing. He will be missed. Love to all the family from Nancy, Kristy and Isaac”
- Nancy Mulford
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:40 AM
“Thinking of you Millie and family and have fond memories of Merle when he was our Postmaster.”
- Roger and Marlene Glasnapp
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