Merlyn Niichel, 76, of Spirit Lake and formerly of Alton, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at Orange City Municipal Hospital in Orange City, after a four year battle with cancer.
Merlyn Niichel was born Oct. 2, 1929, at Sioux City, the son of John and Marie (Johannes) Niichel. He was raised in the Ashton area and received his education at St. Joseph Catholic School in Ashton. He then worked on the family farm until entering the U.S. Army on Jan. 30, 1952. He served in Korea during the Korean War and was discharged on Jan. 8, 1954. He then returned to work on the family farm near Ashton.
On Jan. 21, 1956 he married Adella Jungers at Alton. They made their home near Alton where they farmed until 1969. They then moved into Alton where they owned and operated the Log Cabin until 1978. He was then employed at Harkers in Orange City, until retiring in 1991. Adella died July 26, 2003. He was currently living at Spirit Lake where he enjoyed his retirement.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Spirit Lake. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His favorite pastime was fishing.
Survivors include four daughters, Barb and her husband. Lyle Lenz of Orange City, Donna Wagenaar of Sioux Falls, S.D., and her finace, Mark Pederson of Egan, S.D., Laurie and her husband, Jim Gebauer of Granville, Cindy and her husband, Brian Grady of Le Mars; one son, Duane and his wife, Jody of Granville; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his mother, Marie Niichel of Sibley; two sisters, Jeanne Frick of Ashton and Aletha Gacke of Sibley; and one brother, Pat of Grandview, Wash.
He was also preceded in death by his father, John.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton with the Rev. John Vakulskas officiating, assisted by the Rev. Richard Ball. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Alton with graveside miltary honors conducted by American Legion Floyd Post 200. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. Thursday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Rosary Society and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the church. The Fisch Funeral Home of Remsen is in charge of arrangements.
Casketbearers will be Stacey Gebauer, Brittany and Chance Grady, Mike Richter, Chad and J. J. Wagenaar.