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Merlin Hillard Ide

Funeral services for Merlin Hillard Ide, 40, of Hutchinson were held on Saturday, June 2, from Grace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Brian Ewings officiating.

Mr. Ide died on Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at his home in Hutchinson.

Organist was Elizabeth Kurth, and the congregational hymns were "Just As I Am," "Asleep In Jesus, Blessed Sleep" and "I'm But A Stranger Here."

Honorary pallbearers were Rick Sorenson, Drew Gilmore, Tony Onnen, David Moller and Nick Mackedanz. Pallbearers were Larry Schauer, Jefferey Schauer, James Schauer, Ryan Ide, Larry Ide and Brian Bullert. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.

Mr. Ide was born on Aug. 8, 1960, in Glencoe to Hillard and Dorothy (Schauer) Ide. He was baptized as an infant on Aug. 28, 1960, by the Rev. William L. Erb, at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, and later was confirmed in his faith on May 20, 1979, by the Rev. Edmund Schultz, at Grace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He attended school in Biscay and Hutchinson special education. He graduated in Hutchinson on June 1, 1981.

Mr. Ide was employed at Pizza Hut in Hutchinson and at the Adult Training & Habilitation Center in Winsted, doing packaging and stamping.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He enjoyed sports, reading, writing, photography and vacation times, especially his favorite trip to Disney World in Florida.

Survivors include his parents, Hillard and Dorothy Ide of Hutchinson; brother, Donald Ide and wife, Michelle, of Glencoe; sisters, Gloria Mack and husband, Ernie, of Park Rapids, Carol Sherwood and husband, Andrew, of Glencoe; nieces and nephews, Christy, Jordan, and Colin Mack, Allison Sherwood, Alex Ide, Nicole Manteuffel; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ewald and Alma Ide, and Herbert and Adeline Schauer; step-grandmother, Lydia Schauer.

The Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

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