Merle J. Mellgren, 88

Merle J. Mellgren, 88, of Watertown, passed away Monday, March 15, 2021 in Minneapolis.

Merle John Mellgren was born Dec. 31, 1932 in Louriston Township, the son of Oscar and Lillian (Johnson) Mellgren.

Merle was united in marriage to Barbara (Cramble) Mellgren July 22, 1961. Together, they were blessed with three children.

Merle was a sweet soul who loved this life and all in it. He was quick-witted, and loved telling Ole and Lena jokes. He adored being outdoors, whether he was hunting or tending to his garden.

He was especially good at pickling, and was known as “the pickle man.” In his spare time, he enjoyed going to garage sales and baking. He was known for his delicious cookies.

Merle was a tremendous friend, and was known to visit with everyone. Above all else, Merle cherished his family, and treasured the time spent with them. He will live on in their memories until they see him once again.

Merle is survived by his loving family: children Brian (Molly) Mellgren of Delano, Cheryl Mellgren of Glencoe, and Kathleen (Gary) Beneke of Glencoe; grandchildren Nick Mellgren and fiancee Nikki, Kayla (Riley) Dalbey, Scott (Alyssa) Mellgren, and Kimberly Beneke; great-grandchildren Aubrey, Kennedy, Carter, Jackson, Madison, and Haislee; brothers Gene (Ethel) Mellgren, and Dean Mellgren; sister Thelma Estby; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Jerry Osterbauer, Gordy Peterson, and Mary Mellgren; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Merle was preceded in death by his wife Barbara; parents Oscar and Lillian Mellgren; brothers Alfred Mellgren, Dennis Mellgren, and Rev. Dale Mellgren; sisters Delores Krattenmaker, Vivian Osterbauer, Connie Peterson, and Elenor Mellgren.

A funeral service took place Friday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with Father Martin Shallbetter as the officiant. Visitation began at noon, until time of service.

Casket bearers were Dana Mellgren, Scott Estby, Brad Estby, and Dave Schwichtenberg.

Interment took place at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Watertown.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.

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