Trenton Merkel, 19, of Spring Valley

Trenton “Trent” LeRoy Merkel, 19, of Spring Valley, died on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, near Grinell, Iowa, after a car accident. 

He was born on May 19, 1999, in Rochester to Nadine and Kyle Merkel and the late Brian Gathje.

He attended and graduated from Kingsland High School in 2017.

He worked at the Spring Valley Dairy Queen as a shift manager. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed listening to music, playing video games, playing basketball and hanging out with his friends.

He is survived by his parents, Nadine and Kyle Merkel of Spring Valley; siblings, Reed Merkel and Karissa Merkel, both of Spring Valley; grandparents, Karol Horsman of Chatfield, Gene (Darlene) Merkel of Spring Valley, Norma Gathje of Rochester and Marvin (Donna) Gathje of Kellogg and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Brian Gathje; a grandpa, “Bampa” Larry Horsman and an uncle, Mikey Horsman.

Funeral services for him were held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro with Rev. Sarah Walker Brown officiating. Burial followed in the Washington Cemetery.

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