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Merlin Clement Hopeville

Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 9:25 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 9:38 a.m. CDT

Merlin Clement, 87, of Hopeville died Nov. 21, 2013, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.

A visitation will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Hopeville United Methodist Church. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at

Merlin Clement, son of Stella (Jerome) and Carl Clement, was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Silvis, Ill.

Merlin lived most of his life in and around Hopeville.

In 1957, Merlin married Gertrude L. Lawrence.

Over the years, he farmed, worked on the railroad, worked construction, cut and sold wood, had a salvage yard and did odd jobs for people.

Merlin is survived by his daughter Nadine (Robert) Dryer of Ellston; grandchildren, Mike (Tonya) DeLong of Geneseo, Ill., David (Mindy) DeLong of Peru, Shane (Melissa) DeLong of Clinton, Lisa (Josh) Conn of Ellston and Robert (Gretchen) Dryer of Maquoketa; great-grandchildren, Kayla (Bryce) Fuller of Maquoketa, Megan (Cody) Nimrick of Adkission, Ill., Tiffany (Kylie) DeLong of Newton, Melissa Edwards of Orient, Christa DeLong of Peru, Alex and Brandon DeLong of Clinton, Daniel and Gunner Glaspie and David DeLong, all of Peru; great-great-grandchildren, Elijah Nimrick of Adkission, Ill., and Oliver Fuller of Maquoketa; brother-in-law Don Hoyt of Afton; nieces, Sue Rota of Hopeville and Sandy Hoyt of Des Moines; and nephews, Jerry Hoyt of Osceola and Edward Hoyt of the Quad Cities.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Joe, sister Sylvia Hoyt, brother Myron Clement and nephew Danny Hoyt.

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