Merle Purcell, age 82 of Summit died October 12, 2015, at Golden Living Center in Watertown.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Summit. Rev. Charlie Bunk will officiate and burial will be in the Wilmot Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Friday at Hope Lutheran Church from 5 – 7 p.m. and continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Honorary bearers will be Merle’s nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Casket bearers will be: Arnold Gleason, Mark Purcell, Chris Purcell, Wayne Purcell, Roger Cotton, and Joey Utne. Music will be provided by Val Moen, organist and Bill Rofling, vocalist.
Merle Olen Purcell was born January 12, 1933, in Sisseton, SD. He was the son of Philo and Clarissa (Julius) Purcell. Merle grew up in the Sisseton area and attended rural school. He worked for area farmers. In 1949 Merle moved to St. Paul, MN and began working for Fischer Peanut Company. He later worked at ACN EZ Sleeps, which later became American Excelsior Company. Merle retired due to health reasons and moved to Lake Traverse. He eventually made his home in Summit before moving to the care facility in Watertown.
Merle will be remembered doing his favorite activity – driving his golf cart around Summit. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Merle liked to visit and enjoyed time with his friends, relatives, and children.
Merle Purcell is survived by two brothers: Lloyd Purcell of St. Paul, MN; Wilbur (Mary Jane) Purcell of St. Paul, MN; one sister, Edith Davis of El Cajon, CA; as well as several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents, Philo and Clarissa; four sisters: Laverna Foell, Serina Hyatt, Betty Phillips, Mary Griffin; and two brothers: Philo Purcell Jr., and Eugene Purcell.