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Merle Loebrick

Merle Loebrick

July 30, 1944-Aug. 19, 2014

Merle David Loebrick, 70, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo.

Merle, the son of Fred and Vyra (Wessel) Loebrick, was born on July 30, 1944 in Perham. He was raised and educated in Perham, graduating from high school in 1963.

Merle served in the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic in the Philippines from 1963-67. After receiving an honorable discharge, Merle returned to Perham and worked for Huebsch Turkey Farm. He later worked for Tuffy's and Service Foods in Perham.

Merle was united in marriage to Barbara Dahring on September 16, 2006 at Augustana Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes.

Sports were very important to Merle. He played on the Pine Lakes baseball team and the Perham Cubs, which he also managed for a year. Merle managed the Perham men's softball team for several years and was also a big Yellow Jacket fan.

Surviving Merle are his wife, Barbara Loebrick of Detroit Lakes; four stepdaughters, Sue (Bruce) Grahn of Vergas, Sandra (Barry) Cossette of Detroit Lakes, Karen (Edward) Saba of Vergas and Becky (Erick) Nephew of Detroit Lakes; five stepsons, Steve (Joyce) Dahring, Ron Dahring, Alan Dahring, Robert (Debbie) Dahring and Kenneth (Wendy) Dahring, all of Detroit Lakes; 18 step-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; five sisters, Merillyn Davis of Montclair, Va., Adeline Tygart and Ardeen (Albert) Filibek, both of Long Beach, Calif., Gloria (Dennis) Rader of Menahga and Joan (Terry) Galbrecht of Perham; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wayne Loebrick.

Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, with a 5 p.m. prayer service, at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Perham, with Pastor Carl Noble officiating.

Interment is in Gorman Township Cemetery, rural Perham.

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