Fred William MerrillFred William Merrill, 84, of Cloquet, Minn., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009.
Fred William Merrill, 84, of Cloquet, Minn., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. He was born March 22, 1925, in Kelliher, Minn., to Fred and Esther Merrill. Fred married Alvina Trettel on Feb. 7, 1948, in Sacred Heart Church in Cloquet. They have been married for 61 years and 8 months.
Fred served as an infantryman with the Americal Division in the Southern Philippines during World War II. Fred received the Bronze Star for the Philippine Liberation and the Bronze Arrowhead for the Asiatic-Pacific Conduct Medal. He worked at Conwed for four years and then worked at Northwest Paper for 32 years as an electrician. He received a special commendation from Northwest Paper for preventing a major breakdown at the mill which saved them a large financial loss in April of 1968. Fred was a member of the Carlton VFW. He loved the outdoors and always talked about his farm in Wrenshall. He will be remembered fondly as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Linda Luoma and Wendy Merrill; granddaughter, Shannon Luoma; two sisters, Ederine Curtis and Aileen (Tootsie) Smith; two brothers, Robert Merrill and James (Jim) Merrill; sisters-in-law, Barb, Marlus and Doris Merrill; and brother-in-law, Bill Curtis.
He is survived by his wife, Alvina; children, Debra Prebarich of Longmont, Colo., Kenneth Merrill of Barstow, Calif., Tina (Royce) Mattson of Carlton, Minn., and Kurt Merrill of Thibodauh, La.; brothers, Jack Merrill, Tom (Kay) Merrill, Dick (Jean) Merrill, Doug Merrill, and Mike Merrill; sisters, Donna (Merle) Hills and Patty (Dick) Bradburn; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Monday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Memorial Mass at St. Francis Catholic Church in Carlton celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Brian Schultz. Music was provided by Cheryl Kramer-Milder. Military honors were presented by the Nicholson-Sellgren VFW Post 2962 of Carlton. Honorary pallbearers were Shon Luoma, Carrie Heaton, Derek Lee, Corey Lee, Trevor Mattson and Brianna Mattson. A luncheon and time of fellowship followed in the church social hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet, 218-879-3225, to assist them with arrangements. See their online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.
October 15, 2009 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.