January 15, 1931 ~ April 10, 2018
Merle Vincent McGrane, born January 15, 1931 to Melbourne and Ellen “Nellie” (Riley) McGrane in Deerfield, Iowa, died peacefully April 10 surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, IA with Fr. Brian Dellaert celebrating the mass. Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery in Ionia. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Ionia Funeral Home with a 4:30 PM Rosary and a 7:00 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday. Online condolences for Merle's family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. In early life, Merle was a brother in the Congregation of the Holy Cross in Terre Haute, Indiana for 20 important and formative years. In 1968, he left the Holy Cross brothers and returned to reside with his mother on the family farm. During the summer of 1970, he visited his twin brother at the Ionia post office and met his future wife, Jane Meyers. They were married February 13, 1971 at St. Boniface church in Ionia, where he lived his entire married life. At church, he was proud to serve as a communion minister, cantor and lector. He and Jane also competed the Lay Ministry program through the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Before retiring, Merle owned and operated Merle’s LP Gas, among other businesses over the years. As a dedicated Catholic, Merle was known far and wide for saying prayers, particularly rosaries, for his family, friends and even strangers in need. He loved to spend time in his garden, and was especially proud of the heritage onions he grew. He avidly watched news and followed politics. During select seasons, he could usually be found in his favorite recliner watching baseball or football on TV (particularly Notre Dame) and never missed the Indy 500. Survivors include his wife, Jane, of Ionia, daughter Molly Pins (Mel) of Des Moines, son Jerry (Becky Schoer) of Dyersville and son Charley (Caitie McCauley) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and his sister Edna Cox of Urbandale, Iowa. Merle loved his grandchildren: Elizabeth, John, Brian, Laura, Maria, Daniel, Michael, Amelia and Henry. He was also a favorite uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, and loved by brothers- and sisters-in-law. Merle was preceded in death by his three sons, Joseph, Gerard and Andrew, his parents, brothers Walter, Lee and Earl, and sister Allene. The family wishes to express thanks for the staff at Mercy Hospital in New Hampton, the ambulance crew, the Mercy Hospital Mason City Critical Care nurses and staff, and his numerous doctors and caregivers. He was also an organ donor, and the family encourages you to consider the same. In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree or garden in Merle’s honor.
All our thoughts and prayers to Merle’s family. David and Jeanne Roder
Dear Jane and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. May God hold you in the palm of His hand, and comfort you with your many fond memories of Merle. Our many thoughts are with you.
Jane, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Our deep sympathy to Jane and all of Merle’s children and grandchildren. Take time to share his story with family and friends.
OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE MCGRANE FAMILY AT THE PASSING OF MERLE. WE GOT TO KNOW HIM WHEN HE WORKED FOR SARA LEE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL
DAVE AND MARGE MAYO
1080 KELLY DR.
NASHVILLE NORTH CAROLINA 27856
Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jane and family you have our deepest sympathy Carl and Shirley Crooks
Molly, I remember how proud he was to be the Father of the Bride at your wedding. Sympathies to you, your Mom and the rest of the family. We’ll have a toast in his honor when you return.
My deepest sympathies are with the McGrane family. Merle was such a nice man. He will be missed.
So sorry to hear of Merle’s passing. He was such a nice man. Sending our sincere condolences to your whole family.
You have our deepest sympathy.
Condolence to family of my foster father..as a great guy and father. Best friend..will be missed..caring humorous and one of a kind..loved his family with all his heart..take care merle..father..love jerry jr