Merton Searcy, age 92, of Slater went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Services were held at Slater Baptist Church on Saturday, April 13 with burial following at Slater Municipal Cemetery.

Merton was born November 16, 1920, in or near Winston MO, the son of Cleo and Helen (Christensen) Searcy. He served in the Army in France and England early in WWII and was wed to Edna Mangel on February 3, 1946 in Abilene TX.

Retired after twenty-seven years from tool making at John Deere, Merton and his wife also ran Searcy Gardens in Sheldahl. He was an avid rock hound and enjoyed creating jewelry from his polished finds. He was a chapter leader of John Birch Society and charter member of Slater Baptist Church.

Merton was preceded in death by Edna in 2006; their daughter Karen Carol; one brother Chris; and two sisters Carol Erskin, Corrinne John. He is survived by his son David, Slater IA; two sisters Maxine Bechtel, Des Moines and Georgia Hammond, Phoenix AZ; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Restoring Hope International, P.O. Box 372, Ankeny IA 50021 or www.restoringhopeint.org.