Merle E. Louden

February 24, 1935March 19, 2014

Merle Ezra Louden of Queen Creek, AZ passed away peacefully at home on March 19, 2014, after losing his battle with leukemia, with his family by his side. Merle was born in Cooperstown, North Dakota to Edna and Edgar Louden on February, 24, 1935. Merle graduated from Marmot Hight School where he was active in sports. He was the valedictorian of his senior class. It was there he met his wife, Ione Glum, to whom he was married for 62 years. He joined the Air Force shortly after they married and was honorably disharged 11 years later. In 1963, he moved his family to Arizona. He moved to Phoenix and Mesa before settling down in Queen Creek. Merle was an avid fisherman. As long as he was by the lake with a fishing pole in his hand he was happy. His favorite team was the Arizona Diamondbacks. He never missed a game. Merle is survived by his wife, Ione; their children, Debbie (Eddie) Stowers, Karen (Doug) Adair, Mitch (Linda) Louden and Jeffrey (Teri) Loudren; 18 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. Merle was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Visitation will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 20145 E. Chandler Heights Road, Queen Creek, AZ on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Funeral Services will be held at the same location from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Burial will follow at Valley of the Sun Cemetery, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ.

Arrangements under the direction of Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery, Chandler, AZ.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 22, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 22, 2014
  • Interment Saturday, March 22, 2014

Merle E. Louden

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Lindsay Cresta

March 25, 2014

I will miss you so much Grandpa. Such an amazing strong man. Everything you could ask for. Thank you for always loving us.

March 21, 2014

We love you Grandpa and will miss you more than you could imagine.

-Samantha & Justin Starnes

Tara Stowers

March 21, 2014

Grandpa leaves a legacy of integrity, honor, respect and unconditional love. He believed in family and hard work. Many lessons learned in my lifetime that will be passed on for generations. I love you grandpa and don't worry we got grandma taken care of.

Sherri Stowers

March 21, 2014

Grandpa you will forever live in our hearts! I couldn't have asked for a better example of honor, obedience and love then you showed every day. Thank you for the wonderful memories not only I'll cherish but my children will cherish throughout our lives. Don't worry we'll wait for you to eat at family gatherings "like one hog waits for another". We love you

Love Always
Your SherrBear & my munchkins

Sherri Stowers

March 21, 2014

Grandpa you will forever live in our hearts! I couldn't have asked for a better example of honor, obedience and love then you provided. Thank you for the years of wonderful memories not only mine but the ones my children have as well. We'll miss you!!!

Love Always
Your Sherrbear

March 21, 2014

We love your family. Have a lot of good memories, so glad to have been his friend.

Gail and Pam Barney

Art Sanders

March 21, 2014

We love your family and so sorry for your loss which is also our loss. Our prayers are with you.