Merle A. Vorwald
March 30, 1931 ~ August 10, 2012
Merle A. Vorwald, age 81, of New Hampton, IA, died on Friday, August 10, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Merle Allen Vorwald was born on March 30, 1931 to Victor and Anna (Peterson) Vorwald on the family farm in rural New Hampton. Merle attended country school. He then worked with his family on the family farm until the age of 19 when he went to work for Rath Packing Company where he worked for 32 years. In 1960 Merle met his future wife Dorothy J. Franklin, the couple later married at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton on May 26, 1962. After their marriage the couple made their home in New Hampton where they raised their two children, Debra and Michael. Merle was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, as well as an active member of the Chickasaw Trail Riders. He enjoyed his horses, camping, gardening, the outdoors and cooking. Merle and Dorothy enjoyed dancing and country music. His greatest love was for his grandchildren; Courteney, Zaccariah and Dillon, he was an extremely proud grandpa. Merle is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy of Elma; his children, Debra (Don) Morrison of Elma and Michael Vorwald of Sheboygan, WI; his grandchildren, Courteney (Ron) Boenig, Zaccariah Refshauge and Dillon (KC Mishak) Refshauge; his sisters, Eleanor Grimm, Hazel Kacher, Valora Vorwald, Jean Tank, Edna Koleno, and Carol Drewelow; his brother, Donald Vorwald and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Kenneth, Harold and Gerald; his sisters Shirley and Mary Ellen. Cemetery: Burial will be in New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton. Memorials may be directed to the family. Friends may greet the family from 6:00-8:00pm Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday. Funeral services for Merle will be held at 10:30am, Monday, August 13, 2012 at Conway-Markham Funeral Chapel in New Hampton, IA with Chaplin Dave Bird officiating.