Crown, Merle Lynal (January 17, 1916 - June 20, 2005)

Merle Crown

Douglas Budget - June 22, 2005

Merle Crown, 89, of Wall, S.D., died June 20, 2005, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Mr. Crown was born Jan. 17, 1916, north of Wall to Orrin and Maggie (Wetzel) Crown.

He attended school at Huron Rural School, then enlisted in CCC Camp #790.

He married Verle Amy Lynch on Sept. 14, 1940. They moved to Rapid City and worked for Johnson Machine for three years. They moved to Wall and worked in hi father's dairy business. He bought the Puritan Oil Business in 1946. In 1961, they built the Wall Bowling Alley. In 1964, he started Red Arrow Campground. He bought the Emil Mueller place south of town, where he resided until his death.

Mr. Crown was a member of United Methodist Church in Wall, Crescent Lodge #210, Shriners and Elks Lodge #1187.

Survivors include his wife Verle Crown of Wall; children Patty Kjerstad of Wall; Merlin Crown and his wife Betty of Wall, Donna Fauske and her husband David of Wall, Alvin Crown and his wife Donna of Wall, Doug Crown and his wife Darla of Rapid City, Bonnie Ramirez and her husband Tom of Douglas, and Gale Crown and his wife Tammie of Wall; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters Elsie Mortensen of Wall, Doris Sebade and her husband Norman of Tacoma, Wash., and Delores Foster of Wall; sister-in-law Mary Crown of California; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wayne and Ivan Crown; son-in-law Richard "Dick" Kjerstad; and granddaughter-in-law Rose Mary Kjerstad.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. June 23 at the church, with Pastor Gary Geiman and Brother Bill Myers officiating.

Interment with Masonic Rites will be held at the Wall Cemetery.

A memorial is established to United Methodist Church.

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