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Merlin A. Beyer

March 20, 1934 - Aug. 2, 2009

MORRIS -- Merlin Alvin Beyer, 75, of Morris, died Sunday at the Courage Cottage in Morris.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Morris with military rites provided by the American Legion, VFW and AmVets.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and for one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Courage Cottage in Morris, Calvary Cemetery in Morris or the American Diabetes Association.

He was born March 20, 1934 in Marysland Township, Swift County, to Alvin and Gertrude (Arnold) Beyer. He grew up on a farm near Hancock. He graduated from West Central School of Agriculture in 1951. He began farming. In 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, left active duty in 1957 and served in the Marine Corps Reserve until his honorable discharge in 1962.

He married Mary Margaret Ascheman, on March 2, 1957. He graduated from the Lee School of Barbering in St. Paul and began barbering. They moved to Montevideo and Benson before settling in Morris. He worked as a barber for many years, and he and his wife also owned and operated Mar-Merl's Recreational Center in Morris, the Del Monico Cafe in Morris; Trailways Cafe (later named the Holiday Cafe) in Morris and the Del Monico Cafe in Benson. He retired from barbering to focus on the restaurants.

After selling the Del Monico restaurants, Merlin worked as an insurance sales representative until retirement.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion and Amvets. He was was a member of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, the city council and served as mayor. He coached VFW baseball and led his team to a state championship.

He is survived by his wife; children: Tom (and Stacy) Beyer of Willmar, Ed (and Carol) Beyer of Morris, Joel (and Jamie) Beyer of Morris, Jerry Beyer of San Antonio, Texas, Julie (and Mark) Grimme of Bloomington, Jan Jallo of Morris, Beth Beyer of San Antonio, Texas, and Bonnie Beyer of Eden Prairie; 17 grandchildren; siblings: Lloyd (and Cindy) Beyer, Norman (and Diane) Beyer both of Hancock, and Marian (and Bill) Milton of Charlotte, N.C. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother: Melda Beyer; son-in-law: Joel Jallo; one sister and an infant girl.