Merle R. Whitmire, 87

Merle Rhea Whitmire, 87, of Conrad, formerly of Wellsburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Oakview Nursing Home in Conrad after a brief illness while under the care of Iowa Hospice. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 1 10 a.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Wellsburg with Pastor Bruce Zimmerman officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Doyen-Abels Funeral Home in Wellsburg. Interment will follow funeral services at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family requests that any memorials be directed to Oak Estates or the Veterans Memorial in Wellsburg, Iowa in care of Robert Whitmire, PO Box 215 Conrad, IA 50621. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit our website at

He is survived by his children: Bonnie (Tom) Horobik, Robert (Darla) Whitmire, Beverly (Mark) Hockert, Rebecca (Doug) Kinsinger, and Rodney (JoAnn) Whitmire, 15 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one on the way, six step-great-grandchildren and his brother Gerald (Shirlene Mulder) plus four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.