Farming Rural 06

Merle Tank

October 10, 1935 ~ January 9, 2021 (age 85)


Merle H. Tank, of Oxford Junction passed away on January 9, 2021 at his home.

His visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 Dawson Funeral Services in Oxford Junction, Iowa. A private graveside service will be held at Dayton Valley Cemetery in rural Clarence.

Merle Harvey was born October 10, 1935 in Davenport, Iowa to Otto and Evelyn (Krutzfeld) Tank Jr. He graduated from Lowden High School and went onto attend University of Iowa. On March 10, 1956 he was united in marriage to Donna Crosthwaite at Zion United Church of Christ in Lowden. Farming was a huge part of Merle’s life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, bowling and playing in and coaching fast pitch. He was the current president of Jones County Landfill, on the Oxford Junction Post committee and volunteered for the Oxford Junction Senior Center and Senior Apartments. Merle took great pride in the town of Oxford Junction and served for Mayor for over 10 years. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Sheephead.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife Donna, five children; Teresa (Tom) Shere of Prophetstown, Ill, Lori Mussig of Tipton, Tom Tank of Clarence, Dan (Laura) Tank of Bennett, Steve Tank of Maquoketa, three grandchildren; Rachel, Mitchell and Andrew, two great-grandchildren Shelbi and Jason, a sister Sandi Klahn of Wheatland and a brother Darrell Tank of Calamus.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ronald and a grandson Justin Curtin.

Cards or gifts of condolences can be directed to Po Box 258 Wyoming, Iowa 52362. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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January 13, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dawson Funeral Services Oxford Junction
2nd Avenue
Oxford Junction, IA 52323

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