EASTON - Funeral services for Henry Stephen Mertens, 82, of Easton will be 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Blue Earth, with Rev. Wesley Hafner, officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Blue Earth.
Henry died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at St. Lukes Lutheran Care Center, in Blue Earth, Minn. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., in Blue Earth.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com
He was born Sept. 23, 1930, on the Mertens farm in Milford, Iowa, the son of Johan and Etta (Gardas) Mertens. He attended school and graduated from Okoboji High School in 1948. He married Marjorie A. Fliss on March 22, 1951, in Milford, Iowa. They moved to the present family farm south of Easton. They were blessed with four children: Marcia (March 22, 1952), Rodney (Jan. 1, 1953), Ronald (July 3, 1956) and Kevin (Sept. 20, 1960). He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was very active in the organizations of the church. He served his church in about all elected and appointed positions, and also served on circuit and district levels. He served on the Faribault County ASCS committee, Minn. Corn Research and Promotion Council, National Cattleman's Association board of directors and was very active in the Minn. Corn Growers Association. During these years, he testified before the U.S Senate Ag. Committee, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. House Small Business Committee. Coming into to his golden years, Henry would look back and say, "The Lord has truly blessed us, our cup indeed runneth over". Henry is survived by his son, Ronald (Deborah) Mertens of Wells; his son, Kevin (Diana) Mertens of Easton; siblings, Janice Stevermer of Blue Earth, Lucille Brewer of Lebanon, Mo., and William (Patricia) Mertens of Springfield, Mo.; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie; infant son, Rodney; daughter, Marcia; parents; brother, Paul; and sister, Elsie Wahlman.