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Merle Huhner

July 12, 1934 - April 26, 2017

Masonic Memorial Service - Monday

May 01, 2017
- 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Monday

May 01, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Reception - Following the service Monday in the Funeral Home

May 01, 2017

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Merle Huhner

July 12, 1934 - April 26, 2017


Merle L. Huhner passed away on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. Merle was born on July 12th, 1934 to Reinhold and Edith Huhner on a farm near Davenport, N.D.

He graduated from Davenport High School where he met the love of his life and wife for 62 years, Temmie (Heuer). He attended North Dakota State University (NDAC- go Bison!), during which time he served in the Naval Reserve (served on the battleships USS Iowa and USS Wisconsin) and graduated with a degree in Mechanized Agriculture and a minor in Agricultural Economics in 1956. Merle and Temmie were married at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Moorhead MN, June 28, 1955.

Merle then took his degree and his love for the land and all the things that grow in it and got a job with the Soil Conservation Service. They called him the “tree man” and his service with the SCS took him and his ever growing family all over the state of North Dakota, first to Grafton, then to Kenmare, then Fessenden and then, finally, to Devils Lake, ND where he retired in 1989. Upon retirement he started working as a consultant to the Ramsey County Water Resource Board. In 1992 he was instrumental in the installation of the Ramsey County Rural Water System. In the 1990’s he was also involved with the Devils Lake Basin Water Resource Board and the Devils Lake Emergency Mgmnt Committee. He received a ND Community Leadership Award and the ND Water Wheel Award.

SCS and his other post-“retirement” work were his jobs and he loved his work and did it well, but his real passion was working hard to help others.

Sure, he would take a break to watch the Twins or a Vikings game, or take you on a casual drive around the countryside, pointing out what crops were growing where and showing you where the water was and where it shouldn’t be, but otherwise he was off to the Masonic Lodge (raised a Master Mason in Devils Lake Lodge #21, exalted, greeted, and knighted in the York Rite, joined the Kem Temple Shrine headquartered in Grand Forks, served as Secretary of the Devils Lake Lodge from 1982-1998, and served as head of the Lake Region Shrine Club and the Lake Region Flag Corps marching unit) or at a Kiwanis meeting (50 year member-Kiwanis Club president, Club Secretary, Lt Governor, and President of the Past District Officers Association) or being a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts or helping out with the Special Olympics or getting up early in the morning to deliver Meals on Wheels or flipping pancakes at some fundraising breakfast at the Masonic Lodge. (He always tested the food frequently to make sure it was good enough for the hungry crowd). In retirement, he spent much of his time working with The Masonic Lodge, receiving his 33rd Degree with the Scottish Rite in Minneapolis MN (although he always kept busy helping elsewhere.). To his last days, already working much harder then one really wants to just to get a good deep breath, he was still concerned about some paperwork he had to finish for the Lodge. Many told him to just let it go, that someone else would take care of it, but he wouldn’t have it, because helping wasn’t something he did, it was who he was. It’s what made him feel good. And if he knew we were putting this in the paper he would tell us not to because he never wanted it to be about him and, if you asked him, he wasn’t anything special. Well, just for now, for a few words, we’re making it about you because you were very special and if you have a problem with that you can take it up with us later. In the meantime you’ll just have to be content hanging out for all eternity, soaking up the love of the countless people you have helped.

Merle is survived by his wife Temmie, Fargo; his children, Donovan Huhner (special friend Petra), Lakewood, WA; Jamison (Carla) Huhner, Nashville, TN; Ronna (Friz) Brodell, Warwick, ND; Daril (Ted) Rainesalo, Devils Lake, ND; and Debbie (Ray) Albright, Lakeland, FL; and special daughter-in-law, Kris Huhner, New Prague, MN; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond “Bud” (Elaine) Huhner, Shakopee, MN; and sister, Louella (Martell) Stenberg, Fargo, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Francis Richardson, Eleanor Larson, Carol Salberg, and Marion Tuskind; and son, David.

Masonic memorial service will be at Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th St S in Fargo, on Monday, May 1st, 2:00 P.M. with visitation one hour prior to service. Reception will be held at Boulger Funeral Home following the service with interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo, ND

Memorials may be sent to Red River Valley Hospice, Fargo, ND.


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24 responses to “Merle Huhner”

  1. Eileen and Mark Tabert says:

    Thank you Merle for all that you have done. You will be missed!

  2. Melissa Joramo says:

    Thanks for all the memories grandpa I love and miss you. Wish I could be there but I will see you when I get back to North Dakota in a month.

  3. Janet Jacobson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are going out to all of you during this difficult time.

    Corby Jacobson and Janet Jacobson family

  4. Audrey Joramo says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was a very busy man. May he rest in peace now. Family is in my prayers.

  5. Corey Degenstein says:

    Thank you Merle you were a man that was worth looking up to, you were fair, honest and a class act.

  6. Kevin and Sue Davidson says:

    Always Committed, Always Giving
    You were always a good Friend, Mason and Shriner
    I will hold on to the Memories

  7. Juel Thibedeau says:

    To the entire Huhner Family, my thoughts and prayers. My memories of Merle are of a hard working nice man, with a great sense of humor, who along with his wife Temmie, raised an amazing family. Through my high school years and beyond, Merle welcomed my friends and me at the Huhner house in DL, where we spent our fair share of time having fun over the years. Rest in Peace Merle

  8. Kevin M. Summers says:

    A very caring man.

  9. Elizabeth Query says:

    Rest in peace Merle! You were the best great uncle in the world. Will miss you so much! Luv ya Merle.

  10. Ronald Widiger says:

    I will always remember Merle for all the time he dedicated to the Fessenden Boy Scout Troop 553. He always was interested in everything we did and spent many nights camping out with us and teaching us skills we needed. We’ll all miss you!

  11. David Bickel says:

    Merle, thank you for all you have done for Freemasonry and for being a friend and role model to me. You will be missed. Our deepest sympathies to Temmie and family for your loss.

    Dave Bickel

  12. LeRoy "Bert" Bertzyk says:

    To Temmie and family, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Merle, as Secretary of Devils Lake Masonic Lodge, you made my journey to the East an easy and enjoyable one. Farewell my friend as you journey to that house not made by hands, eternal in the Heavens.

  13. Richard and Betty Hirschkorn says:

    Worked with Merle while he worked at SCS in Fessenden as I worked at FSA at the time. He was dedicated to his job, very easy to work with and enjoyed his job. Our sympathy to his family.

  14. Mary Eback says:

    RIP Merle.
    I have found memories of you and treasured our visits at coffee time when I worked across the hall at FSA, Devils Lake, ND.
    What a nice tribute to a life well lived.

  15. Mike Connor says:

    Our sympathy to Merle’s family….over the years I relied on Merle for advice when ordering/planting trees on our farmstead and later on enjoyed working with Merle from time to time on projects of the DL Basin Joint Board….everyone in the Lake Region enjoyed the efforts of Merle and other Shriners with their various events and especially the beautiful Shrine Flag Corps leading the way in parades all over NE North Dakota…..Merle was a true ‘gentle-man’
    Mike & Ellen Connor

  16. Brad Teske says:

    Ronna, Daril and family . I am sorry to hear about your Dad passing away.
    I am thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.

  17. Duane and Myrna Tabert says:

    Rest in peace Merle. You touched so many people. Never heard him utter a negative word or speak I’ll of Anyone! You will be missed by many.

  18. Gary McKinney says:

    Merle I truly hope you rest in peace.If was only been for your help and guidance that I went thru the Masonic lodge to twice become the worshipfull master. It was you that kept the lodge open and active all the years you were here.You were a great friend and mentor. I will miss you.

  19. Gene, Jan Jones says:

    Merle, it was nice to share an apartment building with you and Temmie. We honor all the volunteer work you did. You will be missed.
    Gene and Jan Jones.

  20. Bernice Rasmussen says:

    Merle, you were a great friend of Don’s at Dakota Park. He was sorry he was not able to visit with you last month when we returned from Virginia. He enjoyed conversations with you over many years and was looking forward to Scootering with you again. He’ll be waiting for you when you get there. Love to Temmie and the kids. Bernice Rasmussen.

  21. Loren/Jodi Nelson - Devils Lake, ND says:

    Sympathies go out to the Merle’s family!
    I worked with Merle (he at the Soil Conservation Service and I at ASCS at the time) in Devils Lake, and was truly great working with. I never heard him raise his voice or say an unkind or negative word about anyone or anything.
    “Service to others” is what I will always remember about Merle and was never interested in any individual recognition, when in fact he did a lot!

    May you rest in peace Merle!

  22. Dale Sandstrom says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Merle’s death. He made a difference.

  23. Rodney O'Clair says:

    Merle truly believed in what he stood for. I enjoyed working with him and even under him as my supervisor. I express heartfelt sympathy to the Huhner family.

  24. Anna says:

    So I never knew him personally but I know he was a member of my family. He sounds like he was a great guy though.

    I need to point something out though… Kris Huhner (my dad) died just the year before in October so im not sure why he is being spoke of like he is alive still…

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