Mervyn Edwin “Merv” Eastberg, age 73, of Boone, passed away on January 9, 2013, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
Following his wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be no visitation.
A private service will be held at a later date in Colorado.
Merv was born in Dayton, Iowa, on February 17, 1939, the son of Edwin and Audrey (Williams) Eastberg.
The family moved to rural Boone in 1941 where he grew up.
He attended grade school at Gifft Country School and high school at Boone High School, graduating in 1957.
Merv attended Boone Junior College before enlisting in the United States Air Force.
Merv attended the Monterey Language School in San Diego, California, and served as a Russian interpreter in Europe until his discharge in 1962.
He moved to Denver, Colorado, and married Diana Caywood in 1962. Two children were born to this union and the couple later divorced.
Merv was in the finance field in Colorado. He was elected vice president of the Bank of Denver, later with Colorado National Bank, and finally as regional director of the Bank of New York.
In his free time, he enjoyed camping in the mountains with his fellow Buckskinners.
Merv retired due to ill health and moved back to Boone in 2001. While here, he was employed as safety director for Vern Thuney Trucking by his brother-in-law and sister.
Merv was a member of the Mirza Masonic Lodge #609 in Pilot Mound, Single Action Shooting Society, National Old West Shooters, International Association for Counter Terrorism and Security Professionals.
He enjoyed reading, cooking, and Cowboy Action Shooting.
Merv is survived by his son Bret (Lori) Eastberg of Johnstown, Colorado; his daughter Cheri (Doug) Miller of Thornton, Colorado; five grandsons of Colorado; and his sister Judy Thuney of Boone.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Vern Thuney.
Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall is in charge of arrangements.