G. R. Merriss funeral held The funeral for Gerald R. tferriss, 58, retired employe of he Northwestern States Port- and Cement Co., was held Saturday afternoon at the Hogan- McKee Colonial Chapel. The rtev. J. Lowell DeGarmo, pastor of Wesley Methodist Church, of- iciated. Mr. Merriss died Thursday in a Mason City hospital. He had ived in Mason City 19 years and made his home at 821 nth SW. He retired from the cemenl company in April 1964, because of ill health. He had been employed by the company 17 years Born March 20, 1906, on a farm near Iowa Falls, he was the son of Byron and Gertrude (Bates) Merriss. He attendee schools of Franklin County be fore moving to Mason City. Surviving are his \vife, Halcyone; a son, Richnrd, in the U. S. Army in Japan; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (K,m:n) Ilan- JUST A GAME — One game on ice at Lake Cor.a individual skating gets too dull. sen, Manilla, Iowa; and two [randchildren. A sister, Mrs. John (Wava) Siefken, Rockford, and two brothers, Mervil Mcrriss, Route I Mason City, and Kenneth Merris, Mason City, also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife, Ber niece in 1943. He was married to Halcyone Williams Feb. 9, 1946. Pallbearers were Louis Fransen, Russell Havaker, George Riewerts, Lowell Moore, Kenneth Moore and Edward Harbeson. Jonna Colville was vocalist; Ralph Height, organist. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery at Sheffield.