Merle Charles Laubenthal was born July 11, 1934, on the family farm near Whittemore, son of Andrew and Helen (Kollasch) Laubenthal. He attended school in St. Joe graduating in 1952. He worked on the family farm until serving in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.
Merle was married to Virginia "Jeanie" Bormann on April 23, 1958, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He returned to farming raising cattle and hogs. In earlier years, Merle and Jeanie enjoyed dancing at the Plantation. They also spent their summers camping at Spirit Lake and the Dakotas. He enjoyed playing card games such as 500, Euchre, Rummy, and Cribbage. Merle loved working along side his two sons on the farm.
Merle was a member and active in the Pork Producers and the St. Michael's Holy Name Society. He served on the Algona School Board, was a parish director of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Whittemore and was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Following moving into Algona, they became members of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona.
Merle C. Laubenthal died Thursday, April 22, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society, Algona, at the age of 86.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jeanie Laubenthal of Algona; six children and 13 grandchildren; Anne (Earl Rollinger) Laubenthal of Marshalltown, Alan (Sandra) Laubenthal and their children, Aric and Nick of Whittemore, Amy (Mark) Gallagher and their children Gavin, Noelle, and Will of Johnston, Ava (Matthew) Allen and their children Caleb, Declan, and Reese of Naperville, IL, Anita (Jay) Benton and their children Jack, Drew, and Annie of Naperville, IL, and Andrew (Mindy) Laubenthal and their children Kaya and Layne of Algona. He is also survived by a sister, Regina Kaiser of Algona; a sister-in-law, Marguerite Laubenthal of Algona; a brother-in-law, Glen Gindling of Waterloo; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Irma Gindling and Imelda Krieger; and a brother, Maurice Laubenthal.