Mervin Dau

Mervin E Dau was assigned to the 459th BG 759th Squadron.

Mervin Emil Dau, the son of Emil and Annie (Kay) Dau, was born December 11, 1916 north of Oakland, IA and died November 3, 2013 in Ames, IA at the age of 96 years, 10 months, and 24 days.

Mervin attended country school and then graduated from Walnut High School with the class of 1934. In 1944 he entered the Army Air Corp where he served in the European Theater during WWII. On May 4, 1943, he was united in marriage to Helen Lorraine Johnson at Kountze Memorial Church in Omaha, NE. After being honorably discharged in October of 1945, he returned to Oakland where he and his brother Harry owned and operated Dau Brothers Oil. After retiring, Mervin lived in Oakland until recently when he moved to Ames.

Mervin was a member of the Oakland Congregational Church - UCC in Oakland. He enjoyed woodworking, making clocks, and hunting. He was on the Oaklawn Cemetery Board for many years and was instrumental in raising the money for the Oaklawn Cemetery sign. Mervin was known as quite a handyman, and could fix almost anything. He especially loved spending time with his family and was a wonderful grandfather and great grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his wife Helen on March 24, 2009, his parents and his brothers and sisters: Lillian Jones, Harry Dau, Muriel Burnett, Vera Boken, and Ruby Thomas.

He is survived by his son Kirk and his wife Mary of Ames, IA; his daughter Dixie King and her husband John of Hillsboro, OR; his grandchildren: Emily Stafford and husband Scott of Beaverton, OR, James King and wife Andrea of Hanover, MD, Shannon Marshall and husband Joe of Denver, CO, Nicholas Dau and wife Aubrey of Champlin, MN, Trisha Mulholland and husband Matt of Brooklyn Park, MN, and Michael Dau of Stamford, CT and fiancée Charlotte; his great grandchildren: Mia and Carson Stafford, Christian, Ava, and Kiera Dau, Charlotte and William Mulholland, and Ian Marshall. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Oakland Congregational Church in Oakland. Interment will be at the Oaklawn Cemetery at Oakland. An open visitation will be held at the Rieken Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland. Visitation with the family will be from 5-7 PM on Wednesday Evening. A memorial fund has been established. Rieken Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland is in charge of arrangements

12/01/1943 December Roster

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