Aberdeen: The funeral service for Merle C. Turnquist, 93, of Aberdeen will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at North Highland United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. Pastor Don Peck of Frederick United Methodist Church will officiate.
Burial will be at Wayside Cemetery, rural Frederick.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Merle died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen.
Merle, son of Oscar and Oda (Gronso) Turnquist, was born July 6, 1919, near Frederick. He spent most of his life on the farm his grandfather homesteaded. He attended school in Allison Township. Merle was a partner in the Turnquist Brothers Ranch along with his brother, Dean. They retired in 1997. He became a resident of Bethesda Towne Square in September 1997.
The work on the ranch was his favorite activity, especially enjoying mending fences. For relaxation he watched movies and television. Merle was a member of Frederick United Methodist Church.
Merle is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Bertha Turnquist of Aberdeen; niece, Wanda Emery of Aberdeen; and numerous great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Nerene and Leland Pomplun; and two nephews: Duane Pomplun and Chandler Pomplun.
Casketbearers will be: Darin Emery, Toby Emery, Dan Cutler, Jeff Jones, Lyle Podoll, Don Maunu and Scott Campbell.
The organist will be Joanne Deloy, and the soloist will be Jack Smith.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.