Merlyn Paul Rogge, 92 formerly of Verndale, passed away July 4, 2019 at the Meadow Place Assisted Living in Long Prairie.
Funeral service for Merlyn will be held Thur., July 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Staples with Pastor Robin Collins officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery, Verndale.
Merlyn was born June 27, 1927 in Wilkin County to Erna (Roth) and George Rogge. Merlyn married Arayla Rach at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Verndale on June 27, 1952. Merlyn started working at the age of 12 on the neighbor’s farm. He graduated high school as Salutatorian. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17. Upon discharge he became a bricklayer. He was an excellent mason. Farming came later in life. Merlyn enjoyed woodworking and gardening. He also was an avid reader and was very musical, playing the ukulele and singing. Hunting with Max, his black lab was another passion which he passed on to his sons. His humor, wit and love will be greatly missed by his family.
Merlyn is survived by three daughters, Jane (Gene) Eickhoff, of Long Prairie, Laurel (Roger) Houselog, of Staples and Diane (Brian) Harff, of Watkins; two sons, Jerry (Arlene) Rogge, of Rogers and Rick (Cyndi) Rogge, of Verndale; 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arayla; five siblings, Dorothy, LaVerne, Bernard (Jim), Clarice, Delores (Lolly) and Veryl.
Arrangements were by Taylor Funeral and Cremation Care, Staples.