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Merlin K. Berglin April 13, 1917 - April 8, 2009

ALEXANDRIA -- Merlin Kenneth Berglin, 91, of Alexandria, formerly of Glenwood, died Wednesday at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Solem Cemetery in rural Kensington.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home and will continue for one hour prior to Wednesday's service at the church.

He was born April 13, 1917, in Douglas County to Adolf and Matilda (Erickson) Berglin. He grew up on a farm near Holmes City, attended country school in Douglas County and graduated from Alexandria High School. He attended Bottineau Horticultural School in Bottineau, N.D.

He entered the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was later employed at Cashmen's Flower Shop in Charles City, Iowa.

He married Eleanor Johnsrud on Jan. 26, 1953, in Kensington. They made their home in Charles City, Iowa, before moving to Glenwood and establishing Berglin Flowers, which he owned and operated until 1979 when he sold the business. He then worked at the Pope County Museum and was the curator for several years. He recently became a resident of Knute Nelson Nursing Home in Alexandria.

He was a charter member of the Glenwood Rotary Club and a member of the Glenwood American Legion and VFW. He also served as a city commissioner and on the city planning board.

He is survived by his son: Eric (and Lisa) Berglin of Markham, Va.; one grandson; and a brother: Myron (and Rose Marie) Berglin of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1985 and two brothers.