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Henry S. Mertens, 82

Aug 11, 2013

Henry S. Mertens

Easton Henry Stephen Mertens, age 82, of Easton, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth.

Funeral Services were held on Aug. 6, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Blue Earth. The Rev. Wesley Hafner officiated. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Sept. 23, 1930, on the Mertens farm at Milford, Iowa, the son of Johan and Etta (Gardas) Mertens. He attended school and graduated from Okoboji High School in 1948.

He married Marjorie A. Fliss March 22, 1951, in Milford. They moved to the present family farm south of Easton. They were blessed with four children: Marcia (March 22, 1952), Rodney (January 1, 1953), Ronald (July 3, 1956), and Kevin (September 20, 1960).

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was very active in the organizations of the church. He served his church in about all elected and appointed positions, and also served on circuit and district levels. He served on the Faribault County ASCS committee, MN Corn Research and Promotion Council, National Cattleman’s Association board of directors and was very active in the MN Corn Growers Association. During these years he testified before the U.S. Senate Ag. Committee, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. House Small Business Committee. Coming into tho his golden years, Henry would look back and say, “The Lord has truly blessed us, our cup indeed runneth over”.

Henry S. Mertens is survived by his sons, Ronald (Deborah) Mertens, of Wells, and Kevin (Diana) Mertens, of Easton; siblings, Janice Stevermer, of Blue Earth, Lucille Brewer, of Lebanon, Mo., and William (Patricia) Mertens, of Springfield, Mo.; and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; infant son, Rodney; daughter, Marcia; parents; brother, Paul; and sister, Elsie Wahlman.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com