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Merlin "Merle" L. Stew-art, 70, of Crystal, formerly of Park Rapids passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 with his loving wife by his side as he passed into heaven.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joan; brother, Walter (Louise); sisters, Juanita Bergsing and Hope; friend, Dolores; daughters, Lisa and Lori; sisters-in-law, Marladeen and Kathy; stepsons Jeff and Barry; two grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; one niece and five nephews; plus many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Elsie Stewart formerly of Park Rapids; brother, Roy and nephew Rodney both of Menahga.

Merle's fondest memo-ries were of deer hunting which he looked forward to each year ever since he was old enough to go with his dad, brothers, uncles, cousins and eventually nephews. Told and retold his stories complete with complete detail.

Upon retirement he loved being with his wife, reading, computer games and an occasional trip to the casino and watching TV together. They went to Colorado to visit Joan's family and enjoyed the beautiful road trips. He had a great sense of humor, telling and hearing a good joke. Always a hard worker and would help anyone he could.

Cancer took his life - God took his soul.

At his request there were no services.