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J. ‘Merlyn’ Danielson, 86

Joseph “Merlyn” Danielson, age 86, of Hutchinson, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, with his family at his side.

He was born May 31, 1927, in Litchfield, the son of Joseph and Esther (Broberg) Danielson. Merlyn was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth May 17, 1942, both at First Lutheran Church in Dassel.

He received his education in Dassel, and was a graduate of the Dassel High School class of 1945.

Merlyn entered active military service in the United States Army Aug. 29, 1945, and served his country during World War II. He received an honorable discharge Feb. 15, 1947.

Merlyn was united in marriage to Lucile Neumann March 11, 1951, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with six children, Robert, Richard, Nancy, Scott, Susan, and Karen.

Merlyn and Lucile resided in Hutchinson, and shared 62 years of marriage.

Merlyn was self-employed as a building contractor at Danielson Construction, retiring May 31, 1989. He was a charter member of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, as well as a member of the Hutchinson American Legion Post 96. Merlyn and Lucile were also members of the Glen-Goers Square Dancing Club for 28 years.

Merlyn loved working with wood; he built many of the wooden items for Christ The King Lutheran Church, which included the church altar, giant picture frames, baptismal font, kiosk, flower stands, several podiums, the large wooden cross above the church altar, the pulpit, and many tables.

He loved music, and was proud of the fact that he was a choir member from the time he was in Sunday school at First Lutheran Church in Dassel, and continuing while a member of the Christ The King choir in Hutchinson. He sang until he could no longer hear to sing.

Merlyn enjoyed the 30 years he sang with the Hutch Men’s singing group, “The Choristers.” He also enjoyed playing the accordion, and tending to his beautiful and bountiful vegetable gardens. He also volunteered many hours building items for the McLeod County Historical Museum in Hutchinson.

Merlyn and Lucile loved to square dance, and the biggest thrill for them was dancing at the World Federation in Sweden, where they danced with people from all over the world. Merlyn also loved playing cards, traveling, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. He especially cherished spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.

When Merlyn needed assistance with his daily care he became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, May 1, 2012.

Merlyn is survived by his wife, Lucile Danielson of Hutchinson; children Nancy Danielson of Edina, Scott Danielson and his wife, Pamela, of Corcoran, Susan Duley and her husband, Bruce, of St. Michael, and Karen Speed and her husband, James, of Iowa Park, TX; grandchildren Devin Danielson, Rachel Noble and her husband, Craig; Alyssa Carlson and her husband, Cory; Stephanie Duley, Caitlyn Duley, Erika Duley, Robert Speed, and Emily Duley; and a great-grandson, Caleb Noble.

He is further survived by sisters, Frances Olson and her husband, Harold Sanken of Hutchinson, and Janice Crowe and her husband, Tom of Dassel; a brother, Maurice Danielson and his wife, Georgia of Buffalo; brother-in-law Lowell Neumann and his wife, Ade, of Litchfield; sister-in-law, Joyce Neumann of Bemidji; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Esther Danielson; sons, Robert Danielson in infancy, and Richard Danielson; brothers Donald Danielson and his wife, Adeline, and Lowell Danielson and his wife Dorothy; sister Ruth Peterson and her husband, Harlow; sister-in-law Unadel Warnke and her husband, Kenneth; and brothers-in-law Raymond Olson, Ralph Neumann, and Bill Neumann.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, followed by interment in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. The Rev. Jon Lindekugel officiated at the service. Bev Wangerin was the organist. Special music, provided by the Christ The King choir, included “Amazing Grace, (My Chains Are Gone),” and “Song Of Blessing.” Congregational hymns were “Children Of The Heavenly Father,” “In The Garden,” and “The Battle Hymn Of The Republic.”

Grandson Devin Danielson was the urn bearer.

Honorary bearers were Rollie Balke, Kenneth Jensen, Jim Knutson, Arnie Severson, Arnie Koenig, Kenneth Bergquist, Rollie Jensen, Bernard Peterson, Dale Smith, grandchildren Rachel Noble, Alyssa Carlson, Stephanie Duley, Caitlyn Duley, Erika Duley, Robert Speed, and Emily Duley; and great-grandson Caleb Noble.

Military honors were provided by Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.

The Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson handled the arrangements. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.