Merle LaVern Macy

Merle LaVern Macy, 89, of Yankton, formerly of Burbank, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton.

Merle was born on Nov. 25, 1919 to Arthur and Laverne (Cusick) Macy.  A graduate of Vermillion High School, Merle served in the US Army, Battery E 147th Field Artillery and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant after five years of service.  While serving at Ft. Lewis, CA, he met his bride of 66 years, Marjorie Hilker in Aberdeen, WA.  He returned with Marge to Burbank to farm until he retired. 

Merle was an artist, teaching himself to paint in oils, carve delicate flowers, birds, and characters, and to create flowers from seed pods, and any other minute gifts of nature that he thought would enhance his creation.  He was an engineer, taking a diamond willow stick, bark and all, and crafting it into a beautiful cane, a door stop, or anything else that size would allow.  He enjoyed giving his creations away to his friends and relatives.  He and Marge were members of the Good Sam Club in Vermillion and spent 25 years wintering in Arizona.
Merle is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Laverne; three sisters, Helen Macy, Phyllis Macy and Arliss (Eklund) Walters.

Merle is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marge; daughters, Cleo (Loren) Anderson of Yankton, and Carol (Mike) Engh of Ripon, WI;  sons, Dave (Janet) Macy of Vermillion, and Dale (Sue) Macy of Aberdeen;  eight grandchildren, Wade (Jackie) Mount, Beth (Mark) Bottolfson, Dana (Paul) Winslow, Mike Macy, Tim Engh, Steven Engh, Erin (Dan) Lacher, and Marc (Amy) Macy;  nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Kent Macy of Prescott AZ.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Vermillion with Rev. Samuel Needham officiating.  Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 at Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.  Visitation resumed one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday at the church.

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