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Merlin J. Labenz

Merlin John Labenz, 85, of Albion, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at the Boone County Health Center in Albion.
He is survived by: Mary Lou of Albion, his wife of 61 years; five children: David (Ann) Labenz of Staples, MN; Michael (Sandy) Labenz of Lincoln; Susan (Wally) Kendrick of Lincoln; Debra (Douglas) Morgan of Albion; Michelle (Steve) Scott of Leonardtown, MD; seven grandchildren: Kevin Labenz; Beth Labenz; Betsy (Justin) Niewohner; Bryce Morgan; Tyler Scott; Stephanie (Jon) Wheeler; one great grandchild: Julia Niewohner; two step great grandchildren: Harper Wheeler and Lila Mae Wheeler; two sisters: Monda Karmann of Cedar Rapids; Donna Merten of Albion; sister-in-law: Rosie Labenz of Albion; as well as many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents: John and Theresa Labenz; three brothers: Sylvester (Pauline) Labenz, Leonard (Mary) Labenz and Raymond Labenz; sister: Lillian Liss; and three brother-in-laws: Adolph Liss Sr., Don Merten and Wilfred Karmann.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Albion with Rev. Mark Tomasiewicz officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Levander Funeral Home in Albion was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Memorials are suggested to the family.