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Merlin "Bubby" Bertness

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Merlin "Bubby" Jay Bertness, the son of Herman and Elizabeth (Smith) Bertness, was born on October 19, 1931, on a farm in Buena Vista County. He was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Sioux Rapids and attended school in Sioux Rapids and graduated in 1950.

On October 1, 1950, Bubby married Genevieve Van Houten at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Following their marriage, the couple lived in the communities of Sioux Rapids and Marathon, eventually moving to Linn Grove in 1955. They were joined by two daughters, Brenda and Diane. Bubby farmed and sold Pioneer seed. He was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Linn Grove and served on various executive boards: the Linn Grove and Marathon Coop Boards, the Buena Vista County Soil Conservation Board, and the Sioux Valley School Board.

After retiring in 1997, Bubby and Genny made their new home in Arnolds Park. Bubby became a member of the First Lutheran Church in Milford. His optimistic spirit encouraged others as he volunteered at the Lakes Regional Hospital and was involved with Team Wave, an organization that helps with the beautification of Arnolds Park.

In his spare time, Bubby enjoyed golfing and bowling. He was an avid Hawkeye fan and loved John Deere tractors and chocolate. For the past 50 years, he and Genny have played cards with same the card club. Bubby loved being around people and having coffee with his friends. He treasured spending time with his family. He always found something to laugh about and was full of wit and humor. A man of integrity and generosity, Bubby was beloved by all who knew him.

After a short battle with lung cancer, Bubby passed away on Thursday, October 18, at the Lakes Regional Hospital at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters in law: Carolyn Bertness and Charlotte Halverson.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Genny of Arnolds Park; two daughters: Brenda Halverson and her husband, Frank of Linn Grove, and Diane Brunsting and her husband, Doug of Hawarden; 4 grandchildren: Kerri Smith and her husband, Michael, Holly McHone and her husband, Aaron, Kyle Brunsting and Josh Brunsting and his wife, Angela; 6 great grandchildren: Skyler, Jace, Corban, Alexa, Alanna and Aiden; one brother, Kenny Bertness; other relatives and many friends.