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Merle Schmidt April 14, 1919 - June 19, 2009

DANUBE -- Merle Henry Schmidt, 90, of Las Cruces, N.M., formerly of Danube, died June 19 in Las Cruces.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Renville. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Renville.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service in Renville.

He was born April 14, 1919, in Emmett Township, Renville County, to Otto and Elsie (Koebnick) Schmidt.

He and his wife, Donna, farmed for many years near Renville prior to moving to California in 1956. They returned to Danube in 1984. Following his wife's death he moved to Las Cruces, N.M.

He is survived by his children: Janice Coonce of Las Cruces, N.M., Michael (and Gerry) of Redlands, Calif., and Brian of Lakeville; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one brother and one sister.