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In Memory Of

Merlin R. Zipf
Merlin R. Zipf, 92, of Columbus, Nebraska, died Thursday, November 10, 2011, at the Columbus Community Hospital.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at 10:30 AM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus with Rev's Patrick Sparling and Kurt Ebert officiating. Interment with military honors will be in the Fullerton Cemetery, Fullerton, Nebraska, at 2:00 PM Tuesday afternoon. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Gass Haney Funeral Home and continue on Tuesday from 9:30 AM until service time at the church. There will be a family prayer service on Tuesday at 10:15 AM at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church or School.

Merlin was born April 13, 1919, to Carl A. and Gertie (Smidt) Zipf at Beemer, Nebraska. He grew up on a farm in Boone County, Nebraska, where he attended school. Merlin was confirmed on May 20, 1934, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albion, Nebraska. At the age of 23, he was inducted into the US Army on January 31, 1942, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, 326th Infantry Glider Division, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He was transferred to overseas duty on January 26, 1945, in Central Europe. Merlin received his honorable discharge on November 9, 1945, as Tec 3 Sgt. He then returned to Fullerton, Nebraska, where he went into business for himself.

On May 20, 1944, Merlin was united in marriage to Ruby E. Meyer at Bennettsville, South Carolina. They resided in Fullerton where he served as a member of the City Council and as a volunteer fireman. He was a lifetime member (60 plus years) of the American Legion Post 151 where he served as Commander for one year. He was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 3704. Merlin was an active member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church where he served as Treasurer for eleven years. In 1957, they sold their business, Zipf Implement and Motor, and moved to Columbus where he worked for J.I. Case Implement Company in sales and credit departments.

After moving to Columbus, they joined Immanuel Lutheran Church. He served on the Board of Elders for several years. He retired as Territory Credit Representative from J.I. Case Company in 1982. They spent their winters in Arizona enjoying the sunshine.

Merlin led a busy, active life. Most days would find him in his “barn” creating breadboards or some other woodworking project. Most of these were shared with others, demonstrating his love of people and of giving. Merlin was a great handyman; and family, friends, and church were often recipients of his good will. Golf was another of his special pastimes, along with fishing, hunting, reading, and traveling. He made many flag cases, which he gave to friends and all immediate family members who served in the military. Merlin’s own military service during WWII was a source of pride for him and his family.

Merlin was a loving and kind parent, grandparent, and family member. He will be genuinely missed by those who loved him.

Merlin is survived by:
Wife – Ruby Zipf of Columbus, NE
Daughter – Glenda (Roger) Sivers of Coralville, IA
Granddaughters – Angela Sivers of Lincoln City, OR; Christina Sivers of Darlington, England; Elizabeth Sivers of Iowa City, IA; Catherine Sivers of Charlotte, NC
Great Grandsons – Alec Zamora, Nikolas Zamora, and Izaiah Loveless
Brothers – Robert (Darline) Zipf and Maynard (friend Yvonne) Zipf
Sisters – Neva Peterson, Ruby (Arnie) Newquist, and Velma Galbraith

Merlin was preceded in death by:
Parents – Carl and Gertie Zipf
Sister – Violet Rosenberry
Brothers-in-law – Duane Peterson, Donald Rosenberry, and Willard Galbraith
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