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NAME: Van Auken, Merle Lee "Bud" (m. Dorothy Sill)


Merle "Bud" VanAuken
 Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home in Columbus Junction, for Merle "Bud" VanAuken, 65, 2117 Wallace St. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home and burial will be in the Columbus City Cemetery. Services will be under the direction of Rev. Thomas Woodin.
 He died Sunday morning after a lengthy illness.
 Born May 12, 1924, the son of James and Edna Hammond VanAuken at Columbus Junction, he had been a lifetime resident of the area and had been employed as a custodian in the Muscatine Community School District prior to his retirement in 1984.
 His marriage to Dorothy Sill took place in Hahoka, Mo., on May 14, 1942. He was also a member of the VFW, having been a veteran of WW II.
 Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Sandra) Knerr, Brighton, Mo. and Sharon VanAuken of Kissimmee, Fla.; and five sisters, Mrs. Ruth Thompson, Columbus Junction, Mrs. Everett (Dorothy) Thompson, Muscatine; Mrs. Gene (Evelyn) Duncan, Fredonia, Mrs. Richard (Cleo) Fuller, Columbus Junction and Mrs. Shirley Wade, Muscatine.
 Mr. Van Auken was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

contributed by Judy Lake