Merlin Hite, 69, of New Sharon
passed away peace-fully Monday mor-ning, June 3, 2019, at Oskaloosa Care
Cen-ter. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at New Sharon
United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery in New Sharon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Sharon Fire and
Rescue and North Mahaska Education Foundation.
Merlin Dean Hite, son of Lester and
Helen (Piersel) Hite, was born Oct. 31, 1949, in Oskaloosa. He was a 1968
graduate of North Mahaska High School. After high school, Merlin worked for
Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella and the Taintor Co-op before he was drafted into
the United States Army. Merlin served in Germany for two years before he was
honorably discharged. June 23, 1979, Merlin was united in marriage to Carol Vos
in Oskaloosa. To this union four children were born: Jacque, Dustin, Darin, and
Jill. Merlin farmed with his father on the family century farm near New Sharon
and also drove grain truck. Following his father's death, Merlin continued to
farm and worked for Mahaska County driving a gravel truck and maintainer. He
enjoyed hunting, tractor pulls, spending time on the farm, collecting tractors,
and above all spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a member
of New Sharon United Methodist Church, Prairie Knolls, Farm Bureau, and the
Taintor Co-op. Merlin served on the North Mahaska School Board during the time
the new elementary school was built.
His legacy will be honored by
his wife of nearly 40 years, Carol Hite of New Sharon; four children, Jacque
(Jason) Murphy of O'Fallon, MO, Dustin (Kate) Hite of New Sharon, Darin Hite of
Oskaloosa, and Jill (Cody) Schuring of Pella; five grandchildren, Tyson Murphy,
Keira Murphy, Abigail Hite, Molly Hite, and Trenton Schuring. He is also
survived by his siblings: Janet Ranfeld of Deep River, Curt (Pat) Hite of
Pella, and Joyce (Darrell) Klein of Oskaloosa; two brothers-in-law, Gene Vos of
Oskaloosa and Tim (Peggy) Vos of Naperville, IL; and many other relatives and
Merlin was preceded in death by
his parents; a grandson, Remington Schuring; a brother-in-law, Bob Ranfeld; and
his in-laws, Glen and Rita Vos.