Mervyn C. "Merv" Wacker

  • Born: March 20, 1930
  • Died: December 9, 2015
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mervyn C. "Merv" Wacker, 85, died Wednesday, December 9, 2015, having gone home to be reunited with his bride, Helen; whom died earlier this year after nearly 60 years of marriage.

A time celebrating Merv's life will be held from 3 to 6 pm Saturday, December 12, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Private interment services will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Merv's memory to the Iowa City Crisis Center – Food Bank.

Mervyn Charles Wacker was born March 20, 1930, in Davenport, Iowa the son of Paul John Henry and Terry (Ayres) Wacker. He attended schools in Davenport, graduating from Central High School. He was united in marriage to Helen Ruth Havercamp on October 8, 1955, in Davenport. The couple and their family moved to Iowa City in 1970, where Merv worked in sales for Component Homes.

Merv and his wife, Helen loved being together, creating lasting and loving memories between them and their children. Camping was always a part of their summers, along with attending Corvair auto shows, as both he and Helen were members of the Corvair Society of America and the Iowa Corvair Enthusiasts. They enjoyed supporting the Iowa Hawkeyes, but most of all, loved being together as a family, seldom did you see one without the other! Merv has been loved by many and will be missed by those that have had the pleasure and blessing of having him in their lives.

His family includes children, Kimberly D. Wacker of O'Fallon, MO; David C. Wacker of Corpus Christi, TX; Karen W. Tinkey (Bret) of Cedar Rapids; and John R. Wacker (Darla) of Ft. Madison; 3 grandsons, Duane (Leslie), Austin, and Zachary; 3 great-grandsons, Reece, Collin and Wyatt.
Merv was preceded in death by his wife, Helen on July 7, 2015, his parents, Paul and Terry Wacker and sister-in-law, Betty Havercamp.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We are very sorry to learn of the loss of your father. With deepest sympathy.
Carl and Judy Cambridge

Posted by Judy Cambridge    December 30, 2015

To all of the Wacker family,

Sending my sincere sympathies in the loss of Merv. I've got lots of memories of our days at Component Homes. Merv had a great sense of humor and a strong work ethic. He often covered for me when I didn't quite understand something at work. Even though I haven't seen Merv or Helen in years I still have fond memories of them. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dorothy Greazel Lewis

Posted by dorothy greazel lewis - Coralville, IA - former co-worker   December 11, 2015

To Merv and Helen's kids:

Your parents were such a fun couple. They always could laugh at whatever happened. They and their marriage were a good example to all of you. We got a chance to see them frequently when we were in business in West Branch - they would come out to eat and we would visit.

I remember opening day of phaesant season. Merv and some buddies would come to the farm for the day. My parents always looked forward to that day and dad would do his best to have the corn picked for them.

My deepest sympathy to all of you.

Lee and Lois Bair

Posted by Lois Bair - Winterset, IA - Cousin   December 11, 2015

Sorry for your loss Merv was a very nice person he was a great inspire r in are Corvair club and had been a great member he will be missed

Posted by brian Steele - Lisbon, IA - fellow Corvair member ice   December 10, 2015

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