Merle Navis, 92, Waupun, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at The Christian Homestead in Waupun.
Merle was born July 26, 1926, near Brandon, the son of John and Genevieve Greenfield Navis. On Aug. 27, 1948, he married Evelyn Vant Hoff in the town of Alto. The couple farmed in the town of Alto most of their married lives. Merle’s passion was his family and farming. His social life revolved around playing cards with family and friends. Merle was heavily involved with 4-H as a leader, the Alto Fair and the Farm Bureau. He was a member of Alto Reformed Church and served as elder and deacon. He sang in the men’s chorus, church choir and sang solos and duets with his son, Mark, accompanied by Evelyn. He took great joy in being around his children and grandchildren. Merle was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II.
Merle is survived by four children, Sandy (Richard) Whisler of Lake Mills, David Navis of Muncie, Indiana, Mark (Lana) Navis of Waupun, and Shelly (Bob) Andrews of Farmington, Missouri; 12 grandchildren, Tyler Vande Zande, Laura (Richard) Beddingfield, Amanda (Jeff) Cihak, Michael (Tiffany) Navis, Heidi (Seth) Braker, Alyssa (Ben) Homan, Ben and Andy Navis, and Bobby, Katherine, Jake, and Kaylin Andrews; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ardell (Art) Nicolas of Hartford.
Merle was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; a son-in-law, Gary C. Vande Zande; brothers, Glenn Navis and Howard Navis; and a sister, Pat Redeker.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. at Alto Reformed Church with the Rev. Kevin Van Wyk and the Rev. Doug Shotsky officiating. Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call on the family Friday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. American Legion Post 210 of Waupun will provide military honors.
Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun is serving the family. Visit wernerharmsenfuneralhome.com for more information and to send condolences.