Mervin M. High, 70, of Cantril, Iowa, entered into rest July 19, 2016, at his home, following a brief illness.
He was born November 26, 1945, in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the son of Melvin and Verna (Musser) High.
On August 6, 1966, Mervin married Martha B. Shirk. They began dairy farming in Berks County, Pennsylvania in March, 1971, before relocating to Cantril, Iowa, December 4, 1979. He milked cows until 2008 and continued helping in the dairy and with the farming until June, 2016, finding satisfaction in hard work and helping others. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Mervin was a member of the Northview Mennonite Church.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Martha, of nearly 50 years and nine children: Lonita (Leonard) Burkholder, Edina, Missouri; Lavon (Martha) High, Cantril, Iowa; Lucinda (Eugene) Weiler, Mt. Sterling, Iowa; Kathy (Allen Jr.) Martin, Rutledge, Missouri; Keith (Alma) High, Milton, Iowa; Lynette (Wesley) Weiler, Rutledge, Missouri; Lorelle (Galen) Weiler, Rutledge, Missouri; Leslie (Charlene) High, Cantil, Iowa and Karlin (Joanne) High, Memphis, Missouri. Also surviving are sixty-two grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; six brothers: Leon (Katie) High, Robesonia, Pennsylvania; Melvin (Mabel) High, Savannah, New York; Glenn (Lucille) High, Robesonia, Pennsylvania; Clair (Edna Mae) High, Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Elmer (Miriam) High, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Marlin (Rachel) High, Lebanon, Pennsylvania and five sisters: Mary (Leroy) Musser, Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Luella (Earl) Hoover, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Emma (Elmer ) Zeiset, Savannah, New York; Rhoda (Earl) Gingerich, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Lois (Harlan) Martin, New Washington, Ohio and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1986, his mother in 2002 and a sister-in-law, Marian High.
Funeral services and burial were held at 9:30 AM, Monday, July 25, 2016 at Northview Mennonite Church in northeast Scotland County.