Watching the picturesque sunset over farm fields every evening from his room at Hawkeye, Merlin relishes the fond memories of his own farming days. Throughout his 65 working years, Merlin had many interesting careers before retiring 21 years ago. He grew up in the Heartland, worked at a feeding company, was a truck driver for 20 years – and even spent two years in the Army stationed in Japan. He married Marlene who actually lived right across the street from him. He was a loyal member of the Legion for 50 years and loved attending meetings and playing Euchre. One of his biggest feats was taking over his uncle’s farm and working through those colorful sunsets for 13 years. Today, he enjoys visits from his daughters and hearing heartfelt stories about his 11 grandchildren and five great grand children.