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Merle Tisdale Cutler
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1911
Death: Nov. 18, 1993

Merle Tisdale Cutler was born 10 January, 1911 to Wilber Daniel Cutler and Alma Kelly Cutler. He was their second son and Alma had been hoping for a girl. She dressed him in little dresses and let his hair grow into brown curls. When they were finally cut off, she kept them in a small box. He grew up quite a rascal though. His parents died within a week of each other in the spring of 1924 and he went to live with his mother's parents, William and Rachel Kelly, in Onawa, Iowa. They also kept his youngest brother, Raymond, who was 6 at the time of their parent's death. Merle didn't finish high school, but worked at the movie theater in Onawa for a time. He married Lela Zortman 28 August, 1928 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where his mother's sister, Montie Kelly Buckingham, lived. (His older brother, Kelly Cutler, had moved to Michigan, too.)
Coming back to Iowa, he and Lela had three children, Wilbur, Joanne, and Janis during the Great Depression. For a time Merle worked for Joe Kirk and times were hard. They later bought a small farm called the place on the corner, near Whiting. Their last child, Daniel T. Cutler, was born in 1946. In the early 1950's they bought a farm near Kingsley, but later sold it and bought the old McCandless Place a mile or so south of Sloan, Iowa. It was a prairie style home made of poured concrete, and had been run down for a time. They worked hard to bring it back to it's original beauty, spending the rest of their lives there. Many grandchildren spent holidays there. Merle always kept in touch with his three brothers, Kelly, Ralph and Ray. After a year of ill health, Merle died in the Onawa hospital in November 1993. 
 
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 Parents:
  Wilbur Daniel Cutler (1885 - 1924)
  Alma Edith Kelly Cutler (1884 - 1924)
 
 Spouse:
  Lela L. Zortman Cutler (1910 - 2001)*
 
 Children:
  Wilbur D. Cutler (1929 - 2002)*
  Janis Lee Cutler Alexander (1933 - 2013)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Harrison Cemetery
Whiting
Monona County
Iowa, USA
 
Maintained by: katalex23
Originally Created by: Hemingstein III
Record added: Oct 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60341444
Merle Tisdale Cutler
Added by: L Walker
 
Merle Tisdale Cutler
Added by: L Walker
 
 
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- katalex23
 Added: May. 19, 2011
Flowers for my Grandpa Merle, who was the best, funniest, Irish grandfather ever! We miss you so much! Love, Kathy
- katalex23
 Added: Apr. 13, 2011
 
 
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