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In Loving Memory of Merlin B. Halverson

Merlin B. Halverson, 82, passed away on May 6, 2024, in Lawrence, Kansas.

Merlin is survived by his loving wife, Judy, their two children, Lorann (Mike) and Eric (Jill). He enjoyed singing especially in his church choir and barbershop quartet, telling jokes, reminiscing with friends and neighbors, and working in his home workshop.

He was a proud recipient of an MBA from Iowa University and earned a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Kansas University. His engineering manager career included John Deere, Case IH, Kenworth, and Ottawa Truck. Through his career he received several patents and was recognized by his peers as being a creative and innovative leader. His work gave him many opportunities to travel, including extended time in China, where he developed a love of exploring different countries and cultures. He also had a passion for farming and was honored to be a member of the farming community in Iowa.

The visitation to celebrate Merlin’s life will be Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 5:30-7:30pm at Warren-McElwain, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. Funeral service will be Monday, May 13th, at 2:00pm at Good Shephard Lutheran Church, 2211 Inverness Drive, Lawrence, Kansas, with a short reception afterwards at the church. A burial service will be at a later date in Linn Grove, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Good Shephard Lutheran Church or Wounded Warriors.

Merlin’s charisma, witty humor, and unwavering kindness will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His legacy lives on through the countless lives he touched. May he rest in eternal peace. For Merlin’s full obituary go to


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