Merlyn “Merk” Yackel, 88, of St. James, died Monday, May 14, 2012, at Good Samaritan Village in Mt. Lake. Funeral Service will be 10:30 AM, Friday, May 18, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. James with Pastor Lopahs officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 17 at the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and at the church on Friday, one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James, with Military Honors by the St. James Honor Guard. Family condolences may be sent online at www.sturmfh.com.
Merlyn “Merk” Yackel was born to Harold and Clarice (Heydlauff) Yackel on April 7, 1924, in Redwood Falls. Merk was baptized May 25, 1924, and confirmed April 10, 1938, at Zion Lutheran Church in Sanborn. He received his education and graduated from Sanborn High School. Merk served as a cook in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He was united in marriage to Wyona “Sis” Aden on June 29, 1947, at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in St. James. After coming home from the service, he worked for the Dr. Pepper Company. His love of cooking and baking showed as he enjoyed working for Schmidt’s Bakery, as well as cooking at home for his family. Merk also farmed throughout his life. He enjoyed bowling and won many trophies which he proudly displayed, and watching ballgames (especially the Twins). For 19 years, Sis and Merk spent their winters in Texas. He was a long time member of St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in St. James. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion in St. James.
Merk is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Wyona “Sis;” daughters, JoAnn (Eldon) Janzen of Butterfield and Carol (Scott) Melick of New Ulm; grandchildren, Jeanna, Chad, Sara, Mandy, Stephanie and Timmy; great-grandchildren, Evan, Dylan, Katelyn, Noah, Lucas, Nicholas, Leta and Doni; and brother, Eugene Yackel of Naples, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Terry; grandson, Matthew and great-grandson, Jonathan.