Merlin C. Evans, age 95, of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center n Hartington, NE.
Funeral Services will be on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartington, NE with the Rev. Amanda Talley officiating. Burial is at the Hartington City Cemetery with military honors by the Hartington VFW Post #5283 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Friday from 4-8:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington. Visitation will continue on Saturday, at church, one hour prior to services.
Pallbearers will be Gary Kruse, Andy Evans, George Haahr, Roger Haahr, Steve Grube, and Adam Grube.
Merlin Charles Evans was born on October 9, 1921 in Hartington, Nebraska to Charles and Annie (Newsam) Evans. He grew up in Pearl Creek area southwest of Hartington and attended elementary school there. He attended Coleridge High School his freshman and sophomore years. He then went to Randolph High School for the 11th and 12th grade, graduating in 1939. Merlin farmed the home place with his father from 1937 to 1942. They raised grain, specialized in livestock breeding & raising Duroc hogs and short-horn cattle until sale. He drove a gasoline wheel tractor & a three ton truck. Merlin entered the U.S. Army on September 29, 1942 and served overseas for 33 months in North Africa, Italy, France, Austria, and Germany. He was awarded five battle stars. He drove trucks, half-trucks and passenger cars under combat conditions. He drove a division chief of staff through front lines to vantage points for observing the progress of battles. He made road repairs and was responsible for the mechanical condition of the vehicles to prevent breakdown during combat. He was discharged on Nov. 22, 1945.
Merlin married Laverne Marie Haahr on October 9, 1946 in Hartington, NE. They made their home in Hartington where Merlin worked as a postal clerk until he became a mail carrier for 40 years. He drove the afternoon bus route for Hartington H.S. for many years along with delivering flowers for Floral Designs. Merlin retired from the mail route and began working part-time for Kruse Hardware until he was 91 years old. He worked for Gary and Lisa Kruse for 21 years. Merlin enjoyed the family trips they took and also loved his huge garden. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Hartington VFW Post #5283, the American Legion, and the AmVets.
He is survived by his wife Laverne of Hartington; two sons Randy and wife Cathy Evans of Hartington, Michael Evans of Texas; a daughter Sharon & husband Kevin Lammers of Hartington; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, grandsons Mark Evans & Josh Arthur; brothers Rollie and Wendell Evans, and sister Doris Evans.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Merlins witty charm and personality will be missed, he was our beloved uncle and will remain in our hearts forever.
Please know that Norm and I are thinking of the family at this time. We have lots of memories from that beautiful garden across the alley from us and that silly grin that came so easily. And I just remembered the night he rescued me from the flying bat!!!
Norm and Jan Custer
So sad to learn that Merlin passed away! He will be forever remembered by us as the silly great uncle that we loved to see at family gatherings! Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone!
Love, Jennifer, Marsha and Marcus
My thoughts and prayers with everyone! He was always so much fun to banter with, and so incredibly sweet to me each and every day I saw him. He truly was one of the good ones!
Heather (Eskens) Underwood
With much love and sympathy to LaVerne and family in the loss of Uncle Merlin. Merlin always had a ready smile and was so witty. He is at rest now in the arms of the Lord.
Cheryl Haahr Schultz
Randy and Family,. We are so very sorry about the loss of your father. Our deepest sympathy to you all at this very sad time. Our prayers will be for you all. Hugs...
Al and Cindy (Stevens) Masur
My sincere condolences to the Evans family. Growing up on that block, I always knew Merlin was watching over us. He will be missed.
We will always have fond memories of our Uncle Merlin His quick smile and positive attitude always cheered us up. Everyone who knew our Uncle will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sharon & Annabelle
Uncle Merlin will always be in my memories. Love and sympathy to Laverne and family.
Just think of all the cards that will played in haven with Grandpa Haahr, Clair, my Dad (Wendell), Teddy, Vic(Cheryls husband), and now Merlin. Have fun guys. Will always love each and every one of you.
Dennis and Linda (Haahr) Fischer
I am so sad to hear of Merlin's passing. I have such fond memories of "Grandma Laverne and Grandpa Merlin" as I grew up in their home with daycare. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you all, especially Grandma Laverne.
Love, Hope (Leader)
Your parents were some of the nicest people I remember from Hartington. Prayers to you all but most importantly your mother!
My condolences to the Evans Family. The four short years I lived in Hartington left many fond memories, knowing Merlin and his infectious personality is one of them.
My sincere sympathies and prayers to all of Merlin's family and friends! May you all be comforted by your memories. I always enjoyed seeing Merlin, when I lived in Hartington and since, when I visit Hartington. He was always upbeat and interested in my well being. Laverne, I assume that my father conducted your wedding ceremonies. God Bless you all.
My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. True comfort comes by drawing close to God (Psalms 83:18) in prayers so He (God) can draw close to you in return. (James 4:8).
My sincere condolences to Merlins family. He will be greatly missed!! Always had a quick funny remark or joke to throw your way whenever you saw him. Laverne used to babysit my bother and I so I have know him for a long time. Andy big hugs your way and to your dad!! God Bless You!
I have many fond memories of uncle Merlin when he would come to MN for family visits. It was always a fun time. He had the best sense of humor! All my love and prayers to Laverne, Randy, Mike, Sharon and your families.
Bob and Kathy (Curry ) Watts
Condolences to the family of Merlin. God Bless All Of You.
Al & Helen Rea
OUR BLESSINGS AND LOVE TO YOU LAVERNE AND FAMILY---LOVE DICK AND JUNE LINDEMANN AND JERRY AND LANITA KRAUSE .
Sorry for the loss of your husband, father, our uncle. The world is going to b a little sadder today. Our memories will remember all the humor, fun, and laughter, that he shared with us all. LaVerne, Randy,Mike, and Sharon, I pray the Lord will ease your broken hearts.
Pamela Walker (Curry) and family
My condolences to the family! I enjoyed working with Merlin for 5 years at Kruse's. He was a kind-hearted person and great fun to work with. Sorry I can't make it to the services, I would love to come and hug you Laverne. He will truly be missed! Prayers to you all!
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