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Published March 13, 2013, 12:00 AM

Merlin Melby

Merlin Melby, 81, died on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family under the care of hospice.

Merlin John Melby was born on April 21, 1931 to Hilma (Johnson) and Clarence Melby near Canby, MN. He grew up and attended school in Canby, he continued his education at St. Olaf College graduating in 1955. Merlin had a calling into the ministry and attended Luther Seminary graduating in 1959, the same year he married Marlys Anderson of Dwight, ND.

Merlin Melby

Merlin Melby, 81, died on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family under the care of hospice.

Merlin John Melby was born on April 21, 1931 to Hilma (Johnson) and Clarence Melby near Canby, MN. He grew up and attended school in Canby, he continued his education at St. Olaf College graduating in 1955. Merlin had a calling into the ministry and attended Luther Seminary graduating in 1959, the same year he married Marlys Anderson of Dwight, ND.

He served four parishes as a Lutheran Minister until 1972, when he moved his family to Little Falls, MN and owned Memory Lane, a successful gift store for 23 years. During his time in Little Falls, he went on extended missionary trips. He ministered in numerous places including China, the Philippines, and Ireland spreading God's word. He was a faithful volunteer in many organizations donating his time and talents. Upon retirement, Merlin and Marlys retired to the community of Barnesville in 1995. Merlin continued his gardening, volunteerism, and a servant to His Lord.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marlys, Fargo, three children: Eric (Jeni) Melby of Buffalo, MN, Melanie (Jeff) Sorenson of Newfolden, MN, Jason (Michelle) Melby, of St. Cloud, MN, five grandchildren: Maegan, Dylan, Ethan, Connor, and Grace, and several nieces and nephews, who are left in the Lord's earthly care.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Nona Husby and Ardis Kveene.

Memorial services will be 4:00 PM, Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville, MN. Visitation will be two hours prior the memorial on Sunday.

Family condolences may be sent at www.dobmeierfuneralhome.com

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