Merland "Jay" Underwood

Oct 30, 2019
Underwood, Merland Jay news


A family-directed celebration of life will be held at a later date. 


Private family inurnment will be held at Waterloo Cemetery.


Memorials may be directed to the Community Church of Hudson, 226 Eldora Rd., Hudson, IA 50643 or the Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa, 1111 9th St #370, Des Moines, IA 50314.


Merland “Jay” Underwood, age 85 of Hudson, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Cedar Falls Health Care Center.

He was born December 17, 1933 in New Hampton, Iowa, the son of Edwin F. and Lela E. (Stone) Underwood.  Jay was a graduate of Waterloo West High School.  He was a US Navy Veteran, serving on the USS George A. Johnson during the Korean War.  Jay was united in marriage with Roseann Berkeley Cook on June 19, 1955 in Concord, California.

Jay worked for MidAmerican Energy, formerly IPS, for 39 years retiring on September 30, 1995.  He loved to play golf and enjoyed traveling, music and dancing with Roseann.

Survivors include his wife, Roseann of Hudson; a daughter, Jaylynn (Don) Bolin of Cedar Falls, IA; a granddaughter, Katelyn Knebel; 3 great grandchildren, Kyler and Khloe Kramer and Audriana Knebel; and a brother, Eugene Underwood of Aplington, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Tim Underwood; a grandson, Joshua Knebel; a sister, Lila Koonze; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Underwood; and  and 2 brothers-in-law, Douglas M. and Royal E. Cook.

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  1. Tina White | Nov 04, 2019
    So many great memories with Jay and Rosann. Jay will be deeply missed. Thinking of you all at this time. Tina White & Family
  2. Laurie Wirth | Nov 04, 2019

    Roseann and Jaylynn,

    I am so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. He was such a great husband and father to you both. And truly one of the best men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We'll keep you close to our hearts. Mike & Laurie Wirth

  3. Bob Lenehan | Nov 03, 2019
    Thoughts and prayers to you.  
  4. Bev Knebel-Gress | Nov 03, 2019
    Roseanne...I am thinking of you, knowing this is a very difficult time for you, and your family as well. Jay was a very caring, kind and loving, good man. The world has lost one of its best. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. 
  5. Mike and Pat Fuller | Nov 01, 2019
    Roseanne, We are so sorry for your loss of Jay. He was such a great guy. We have many fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike and Pat Fuller

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