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Obituary for Merlin Zastrow

January 8, 1936 - May 5, 2018
Waupun, Wisconsin | Age 82


Merlin Edward Elmer Zastrow, age 82, of Waupun, WI passed peacefully into heaven on Saturday, May 5th at University Hospital in Madison, WI, surrounded by his loving wife Deloris and family.

Merlin was born January 8th, 1936 at home, to parents Alvin and Hilda (Yoeckel) Zastrow in the Town of Herman. He was baptized into Christ on Jan. 21st, 1936 and later confirmed at Zum Kripplein Christi Ev. Lutheran Church of rural Iron Ridge. Merlin married Deloris Breslow on November 1, 1958 and was anticipating their 60th Anniversary later this year.

After a lifetime of dairy farming in the township of Herman, 17 years of school bus driving and canning factory truck driving, Merlin semi-retired when relocating to Waupun in 2002. He spent many days each year, however, still helping out at the farm in so many irreplaceable capacities, mowing many lawns for others, devoting time to his new congregation of Grace Lutheran, and spending time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed attending auctions, playing cards, polka dances, picking strawberries, and collecting toy tractors.

Merlin is survived by his wife Deloris, children Gary (Karen) Zastrow of Mayville, Tracy Zastrow of Milwaukee, Lisa (Robert) Pankow of Oshkosh, and Steven (Linda) Zastrow of Juneau. Additionally he is survived by his brother Donald (Diana) Zastrow of Hartford, and grandchildren Adam (Kathleen), Stephanie (David), Nathan (Anne), Bradley, Samantha, Bret, Tyler (Elizabeth), Courtney, Erin, and step-grandchildren Marie, Jody, Paul and Brad (Mailia). Also surviving Merlin are six great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. His brothers and sisters in law- Geraldine Breslow; Lloyd (Jermaine) Breslow; Arlene (Ronald) Brinkmann; and Roxanne Breslow. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Julie, a grandson Seth, parents-in-law Gerald and Anita Breslow, and brothers-in-law Merlin Breslow and Ralph Luebke.

Visitation will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Waupun, WI on Friday, May 11th, 2018 from 2:00-6:00 PM, with a funeral service at 6:00 PM with the Rev. David Cooper and Rev. Nathan Zastrow officiating and a light lunch to follow. A service of committal will take place the following morning in Theresa.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Grace Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice are appreciated.

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