Merlyn Altman

July 5, 1931 – Nov. 11, 2019

Merlyn Altman, age 88 of Algona, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at the Algona Manor Care Center in Algona. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Algona. Visitation is Thursday, 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona.

Merlyn Constantine Altman, son of John and Eulalia (Gales) Altman, was born on July 5, 1931 in Livermore. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1949. Merlyn served his country during the Korean War. On Jan. 17, 1956, Merlyn was united in marriage to Susanna Berte at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joe. He farmed until his retirement in 1993.

Merlyn loved to play golf and collect vintage automobiles, especially his red 1948 F150 Ford truck and his John Deere tractor. Merlyn enjoyed learning about historical events and listing to country music, especially Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. In his early years he was the lead singer and guitarist for his band, the Grand Prixs.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Susanna, of Algona; children, Dorothy (Bob) Bassell of Des Moines, Della (Randy) Guzman of Des Moines, Donny (Trudy) Altman  of Rockford, Ill., Dean Altman of Phoenix, Ariz., Diana Arthur of Phoenix, Ariz., Danny (Gretchen) Altman of Des Moines, Dawn Kotch of Phoenix, Ariz., and Dana (Ramon) Altamirano of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; siblings, John Altman of Phoenix, Ariz., Tom Altman of Irvington, Bob Altman of Algona and Diana Roeder of Algona and numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eldon Altman; and grandson, Cole Bassell.

The Lentz Funeral Home of Algona is serving the famil. Condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

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Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

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