Merlin Jr. Hoisington, 84, of Colesburg, Iowa, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2022, at the Good Neighbor Society in Manchester. He was born on March 5, 1938, in Iowa City, the son of Amos and Bessy (Davis) Hoisington. Merlin was raised in the area and attended school in Colesburg.
On May 25, 1963, Merlin was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Billmeyer in Edgewood. Two sons were born to this union. Merlin worked as a logger with Livingston Lumber. When Merlin wasn’t out working hard to provide for his family or caring for his yard or the neighbors, you could find him in the nearest fishing hole. Everyone who knew Merlin, knew that there would be some story about how big the fish was and that he caught his limit every time. Thank goodness the neighbors liked to eat fish, so he could keep fishing.
At 84 years old he still enjoyed joining his sons, nephews, cousins, and friends in the timber to get that big buck (even if it meant he really shot a tree branch and missed the deer!) Only the hunting group knew the truth about that big buck! When he wasn’t hunting or fishing, Merlin loved to be with family. Playing endless games of euchre, cookouts and campfires, and getting bleacher butt from endless football games and wrestling meets.
Survivors include Merlin’s two sons, James (Sara) Hoisington from Greeley, and Cody (April) Hoisington from Colesburg; his seven grandchildren, Tenley, Quinna and Wyatt Hoisington and Colton, Sage, Parker, and Cam Hoisington; and multiple nieces and nephews.
Merlin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley Hoisington; brother, Charles Hoisington; and sister-in-law, Jeri Hoisington.