MERLE LAWYER, 84, of Harlan (Svcs. 5/14/19)


May 10th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

MERLE LAWYER, 84, of Harlan, died Thursday, May 9th. Funeral services for MERLE LAWYER will be held 11-a.m. Tuesday, May 14th, at the First United Methodist Church in Harlan. Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, May 13th, from 1-until 8-p.m., with the family greeting friends from 4-until 6-p.m.; Online condolences may be left at

Burial is in the Neola Township Cemtery at Neola.

MERLE LAWYER is survived by:

His wife – Cleo Lawyer, of Harlan.

His daughter – Charisse (Marc) Lawrence, of Cedar Rapids.

His sons – Courtney (Beth) Lawyer, of Glendale, AZ., & Brad (Stacey) Lawyer, of Portsmouth.

His step-sons: Jerry Cook and Jeff Cook, both of Council Bluffs; Dr. Dan (Anne) Cook, of Richmond Heights, MO.; Tony Cook, of Denver, Co; Dan (Jayne) Garrison, of Harlan, and Jeff Garrison, of Irwin.

His step-daughter: Julie (Troy) Petry, of Council Bluffs.

His brother – David (Caryl) Lawyer, of Manly.

man grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.