Edward Wallace Marienau was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Brunsville, the son of Edward and Caroline (Mattas) Marienau. He attended school in Brunsville and Merrill. Ed worked as a carpenter following his education.
On Sept. 20, 1950 Ed was inducted into the United States Army. He proudly served during the Korean War and attained the rank of Sergeant with the 11th Armored Calvary. Ed earned his honorable discharge Sept. 20, 1952. He returned to the area and continued his lifelong career as a carpenter.
On Oct. 24, 1953, Ed and Shirley Iona Smith were united in marriage at Merrill.
Ed was a member of the Local Carpenters' Union #948 in Sioux City. He worked on numerous projects in the area and worked closely with W.A. Klinger for many years. He retired in 1980 following some health issues. Shirley died April 28, 1984.
Ed was a 50-year member of Olson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill.
In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards and sharing a cup of coffee with his friends.
He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his son and his family, Brandon and Julie Marienau of Sioux Falls, S.D., Andrea of Sioux Falls, Megan and Stephen Goter and Alexander of Mascoutah, Ill.; his daughter and her family, Kristi Fischer of Sioux City, Chad and RaShell Fischer, Madison and Bryce of Hinton, Tara Fischer and her special friend Rick Barrett and Kaden of Sioux City, Kyle Fischer and his special friend Amanda Naab, Kenna and Alexus of Merrill; his daughter and her family, Susan and Greg Miller of Merrill, Trent Miller of Sioux City, and Christopher Miller of Fullerton, Calif.; a brother, Melvin Marienau of Le Mars; three sisters, Marian Baker of Le Mars, Waneta and Gaylen Tevis of Federal Way, Wash., Wilma and Merton Jessen of Le Mars, and Norma and Virgil Vanderloo of Ackley; a brother-in-law, Richard Stroup of Phoenix, Ariz.; four sisters-in-law, Theresa Smith of Pipestone, Minn., Catherine Smith of Brandon, S.D., Jackie Remer of Henderson, Nev., and Margaret Marienau of Merrill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Shirley; sisters, Dorothy Marienau and Carol Stroup; and a brother, Frank Marienau.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The Rev. Greg Gabriel will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill with military honors provided by Olson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m. to greet friends with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation on Friday prior to the funeral.
Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.