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Merlyn Mellem

March 30, 1940 - July 13, 2016

Funeral Service - Monday

July 18, 2016
- 1:00pm

Wyndmere Lutheran Church, Wyndmere, North Dakota

Visitation - Monday

July 18, 2016
- 12:00pm

Wyndmere Lutheran Church , Wyndmere, North Dakota


Boulger Funeral Home

Merlyn Mellem

March 30, 1940 - July 13, 2016


Merlyn Mellem, age 76, of Fargo, went home to our Lord on July 13, 2016.

Merlyn Gary Mellem was born on March 30, 1940, the son of Ivan and Muriel (Bakken) Mellem of Wyndmere, ND. Merlyn served in the United States Navy from 1959 -1963 on the USS Preserver. He was an over the road truck driver for over 40 years, logging more than 4 million miles. The open road was his playground. He was married and lived in the Twin Cities having four children but eventually coming back to North Dakota settling back in the Fargo area in the early 90’s. He loved fishing, going out to dinner with family and friends, and enjoyed bringing laughter with jokes and stories with a memory like no other.

Merlyn is survived by his four children, Candace Lessin of Lake Park, MN; Chrystyne Mellem of St. Paul, MN; Jason Mellem of Blaine, MN; and Katie Israelson (Justin) of Andover, MN; as well as grandchildren – Andrew, Matthew, Alycia, Chelsea, Devin, Nolan and Keegan; and four great-grandchildren. Merlyn was blessed to be one of five boys, being so very close to each other, survived by brothers – Curtis Mellem (Donna) of Wyndmere, ND; Donald Mellem (Barb) of Blaine, MN; Dennis Mellem (Karen) of New Brighton, MN; and Eugene Mellem (Barb) of Fargo, ND; as well as many nieces and nephews, friends and co-workers from years on the road. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son-in-law, Mark Lessin.

The family would like to thank the loving and caring staff of Villa Maria for the superb care for our father and brother.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM Monday, July 18, 2016 at Wyndmere Lutheran Church in Wyndmere, ND. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church. Burial will be held at Elk Creek Cemetery near Wyndmere. Military Funeral Honors will be provided by the American Legion on Wyndmere and the North Dakota National Guard.


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4 responses to “Merlyn Mellem”

  1. Cmayer says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Katie (Justin) and her entire family. May memories and love hold you close. My deepest sympathies, Charlene Mayer

  2. Bob Bakken says:

    Sorry I will not be able too make it up but you are all in my prayers. I am so happy I got to see Merlyn in May and to be able to visit with him. Wish you all God’s blessing, Uncle Bob and Great Uncle Bob from Wichita Kansas.

  3. ngeiszler@yahoo.com says:

    To the Family of Merlyn,

    Merlyn was a guy full of love, laughter and kindness. My most favorite memories of him are the ones of him telling me the newest Jokes he knew. I worked with Merlyn thru picking up pasta from Dakota Growers. I have missed him so much over the past months or more. I will forever remember him and hope he is up in heaven sharing his jokes and bringing laughter to all the people around him.

    My most sincere thoughts and Prayers,

    Nicole Geiszler
    Carrington ND

  4. Al & Pat Israelson says:

    Our love and prayers. So thankful we were able to enjoy his company at Devin’s grad party.

    Al and Pat Israelson
    East Bethel, MN.

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