Alvin T. Merkwan, age 74 of Tyndall, SD passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2012 in Lesterville, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2012 at St Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, SD with Rev. Joe Puthenkulathil and Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the Kortan-Hatwan American Legion Post #183, Tabor.
Visitations will begin at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with a Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitations will resume 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
The Opsahl-Kostel Memorial Chapel, Tabor, is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Richard, John, Gary, and Joe Merkwan, Randy and Terry Tucek, and Richard Honner.
Alvin Thomas Merkwan was born on August 2, 1937 in Tabor, SD to Anton and Anna (Cahoy) Merkwan. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tabor, SD. He served his country in the National Guard and United States Army from 1955 to 1963. He married Joyce Mount in Tyndall, SD on October 24, 1959. To this union, 4 children were born: Diane, Linda, Kathy and James.
Farming was his way of life, spending many hours in his fields and caring for his livestock.
He enjoyed working on cars and found a love in restoring classic cars. He found joy in doing woodworking and restoring all types of furniture. Every winter he would travel to his ranch in Texas, where he treasured his longhorns. The time he spent with his grandchildren was precious and limitless.
He was a member of the Catholic Workman and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.
He is survived by his 3 daughters, Diane (Gary) Kriz and their children, Ryan, Jay and Jody of Tyndall, SD; Linda (Bruce) Kortan and their children, Jordan and Ross of Tyndall, SD; and Kathy (Kerry) Kepplinger and their children, Kyle, Kory and Kreg of Scotland, SD; son, James (Jeani) Merkwan and their children, Mitchell, McKeely, Mace and Madden of Tyndall, SD; his friend who shared in his memories for 13 years, LaLanie Tucek of Tyndall, SD; a brother, Laddie (Lillian) Merkwan of Tyndall, SD; and sister-in-law, Adeline Merkwan of Tabor, SD and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Anna Merkwan and his brother, Edward.