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Merle H. Vande Zande

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Merle H. Vande Zande, 67, of Fountain, Minn. died on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Bluff Siding, Wis.

Merle was born on December 23, 1944, in Preston, Minn. to Harold and Della (Frazer) Vande Zande. He was raised in rural Fountain, Minn. and attended Lanesboro School. Merle worked in the road construction and logging industries all of his career. He retired one month ago from Apple Valley Ready Mix. Merle married Diane Dickman. They were later divorced. Merle’s hobbies included horses, Ford Trucks, Country and Western Music, and playing the guitar and the accordion.

Merle is survived by two children: Michelle (Rick) Zoppa of Marysville, Ohio and Dale (Megan) Vande Zande of Dover, Minn.; seven grandchildren: Mikayla, Natayla, Kevin, Brittany, Joshua, Nicholas and Sarah; nine siblings: Harlan (Carolyn) Vande Zande of Peterson, Minn., Darlene (Ron) Hahn of St. Charles, Minn., Charlotte Neldner of Plainview, Minn., Sharon (Art) Merkel of Rochester, Minn., Shirley (Ed) Smith of Greene, Iowa, Sharold Buchanon of Rushford, Minn., David (Karen) Vande Zande of Lanesboro, Minn. and Charlene (Lyle) Grabau of Burr Oak, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother in infancy.

The funeral service was on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Whalan Lutheran Church with the Rev. Chuck Johnston officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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