Merl D.   Routson
Merl D. Routson

November 15, 1923 - September 14, 2017
Born in Runnells, Iowa
Resided in Johnston, Iowa
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On November 15, 1923, Merl Delbert Routson was born to Charles and Doris (Dixon) Routson. He was the second of three sons. Merl was born in Runnells, Iowa, and moved to Des Moines at a young age. He attended and graduated from Roosevelt High School and AIB. Merl was a WWII Army veteran who received two Bronze Stars from service in the Pacific.

He married Jean A. Sansbury on October 24, 1958. Merl was employed by Diamond Laboratories and the US Postal Service, from which he retired. He was an active member of the Masons. Merl loved playing cards, fishing, but most especially, playing golf at Urbandale Golf and Country Club where he was a charter member. He resided at The Villages at Legacy Pointe Memory Care Unit in Waukee.

Merl was predeceased by his wife Jean Routson, his brothers Jack Routson and Harold Routson. He is survived by nephews, Dan (Nancy) Routson, Mike (Susan) Smith, Rick (Linda) Smith, Randy Smith and many other nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at Iles-Westover Chapel where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Waukee Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Iowa, 1730 28th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266. Online condolences will be welcomed at


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
11:00 AM
Waukee Cemetery
6th St., South of Triangle 1 Mile
Waukee, IA US 50263
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Alzheimer's Association*
1730 - 28th Street
West Des Moines, IA US 50265