Merlyn L. McStotts, 91

Merlyn Lewis McStotts, age 91, of Cokato, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the Cokato Manor.

His funeral service will be Monday, May 2 at 3 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment will follow at the Dassel Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Merlyn was born Aug. 1, 1924, in Ellsworth Township, Meeker County, the son of Clarence and Alma (Gordon) McStotts.

He grew up in the Ellsworth area, and attended Litchfield High School for his education, and later attended technical school for welding.

Merlyn was baptized and later confirmed in the Christian faith.

He was united in marriage to Evelyn Casper Aug. 19, 1955, in St. Paul. The couple made their home in Minneapolis until 1958, when they moved to the north edge of Dassel.

In 2005, Merlyn moved to Cokato, where he has since made his home.

He was employed for 30 years as a welder for DeZurik Inc. in Sartell.

Merlyn was a quiet, kind, generous, and caring man to family, friends, and strangers. He trained many breeds of hunting dogs, from springer spaniels, coon hounds, pointers, and Labs; and liked to hunt for pheasants and ducks in the fall.

Merlyn was an avid sports fan and enjoyed cheering for the Vikings, and watching NASCAR, along with many other sporting events. He loved to play solitaire and watch game shows, especially, “Let’s Make A Deal.” Merlyn was a “news hound” and always kept up-to-date on what was happening around the country by reading the newspaper and watching numerous news reports.

He enjoyed politics and debating about current events and the impact they would have on the country.

Merlyn is survived by his son, Terrence (Tina) McStotts of Cokato; four grandchildren, Matt McStotts and special friend, Emiko Winans of St. Cloud, Daniel (Kimberly) McStotts of Waverly, Eric McStotts of Cokato, and Amy McStotts of Atwater; great-grandchildren Alyson McStotts, Kaitlyn Rangel, Jared Rangel, and Kailey Rangel; and a great-grandson due in August.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Dec. 23, 1992; a son, Randy McStotts Feb. 20, 2014; parents Clarence and Alma McStotts; and a sister-in-law, Charlotte Vetter.

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