Merl M. Pexsa, age 92, of Parkers Prairie, died on Monday, December 5, 2022, at Central Todd County Care Center in Clarissa.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 12, 2022, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music is provided by organist, Diane Alveshere and special music by Connie Kleinjan and Jennifer Allen. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery, Woodside Township. Merl's service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on his obituary page on the funeral home's website.
A visitation will take place one hour prior to the service.
Merl Malcolm was born on August 14, 1930, to Lloyd and Annie (Noetzelmann) Pexsa at home on the farm in Spruce Hill Township. He walked to country school every day, where he attended through the eighth grade. Following his education, he traveled to Minneapolis for work. Merl was united in marriage to Lois Wallner on November 28, 1952, at the parsonage in Parkers Prairie. They lived in the area until making the permanent residence in Woodside Township, where they raised their children and farmed. Lois died in 1988, and Merl remained on the farm. He met Charlotte Hink at a singles dance in Wadena, and they were married on September 15, 1990, in Parkers Prairie. They remained on the farm until 1992, when they moved into Parkers Prairie. Merl was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was also formerly very active in 4-H and was a board member for Woodside Township for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and listening to music. Merl also enjoyed attending gun shows, going on casino trips, and dancing, especially to polka music. Overall, he loved his family and being active in his children and grandchildren’s lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Lois Pexsa and Charlotte Pexsa; and brothers, LeRoy Pexsa and Darrel Pexsa.
Merl is survived by his six children, Kathy (Conrad) Tyrrell from Browerville, Kim (Marsha) Pexsa of Wadena, Cindy Zirngible from Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Jan (Marie) Pexsa of Wadena, Connie Kleinjan of Mandan, North Dakota, and Tammy (James) Bertram of Hewitt; 11 grandchildren, Valerie, Jeremy, Jennifer, Kristi, Jason, Amie, Jessica, Karen, Morgan, Dustin, and Keisha; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Sonja Lillquist of Detroit Lakes; along with many nieces and nephews.