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Mervin Sprouls

June 1, 1945-Dec. 11, 2008

Former Detroit Lakes resident Mervin K. Sprouls, 63, of Dilworth, died Thursday, December 11, 2008 at Innovis Health in Fargo.

Mervin Keith Sprouls was born to Lester and Inez (Faulk) Sprouls on June 1, 1945 in Alexandria, Minn. He received his early education in Barrett, Minn., and later moved with his family to Detroit Lakes, where he graduated from high school. He served with the U.S. Army and following his discharge, he attended the Wadena Vocational-Technical College Auto Mechanics Program.

During his working life, Mervin worked for Schram Brothers Dodge, McDonalds and K-Mart, all in Detroit Lakes. Mervin enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Michael, old cars and going out to eat.

Surviving Mervin are his stepdaughters, Kathy (John) Krause of Detroit Lakes and Becky (Richard) Hammon of Moorhead; son, Billy Sprouls of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren; four sisters, Elaine Rain of Hopkins, Minn., Lou Aastad of Spirit Lake, Idaho, Gail Marquart of Vergas and Bonnie (Verlyn) Borah of Detroit Lakes.

Preceding Mervin in death were his daughter, Michelle; brother, Loel; sister, Lorna; brothers-in-law, Jerry Marquart and Howard Lehse; and his parents.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements. An online guestbook is available at