January 16, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Merle W. McMorrow died at age 95 on December 13, 2018 after living a rich and full life.
An open house celebration of life will take place on January 16, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, ND. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND.
Merle was born on April 22, 1923 in Hankinson, ND to Robert and Clara (Kath) McMorrow. He graduated from high school in Breckenridge, MN. After working with the Wilkin County Highway Department and the Puget Sound Navy Yard (Bremerton, WA) Merle enlisted with the U.S. Army Paratroops during WWII. His foreign service included action in Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany prior to his discharge on December 22, 1945.
Merle married Kathryn (Kay) Jonietz in Los Angeles, CA on June 12, 1946. They returned to Fargo where Merle enrolled and graduated from North Dakota Agricultural College (NDSU) with a Civil Engineering degree. In 1949 they moved to Bismarck where Merle joined the Bureau of Reclamation, retiring in 1980. Merle and Kay raised their family in Bismarck. Kay died in 1996. Merle was married to Margaret Chapman from 2000 until her death in 2014.
Merle was a member of the United States Committee of the International Commission on Large Dams. He was also a member of the United States Committee on Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control of the International Commission on Large Dams. He was a member of the Bismarck Lions, Kiwanis, VFW and the BPOE and was on the Board of Directors of the Capital Credit Union. He was the national president of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team and the state president of the ND Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
Merle is survived by his two sons, Thomas (Patricia McCullough), Loretto, MN and Mark (Diane), Fargo; one brother Robert, Fargo; three sisters, Betty Petron (Don), The Villages of FL, Judy Azure, Fargo, and JoAnn Haddock, OR, and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathryn, his second wife Margaret, brothers Kenneth and Darrell and sister Mavis.