Dorothy E. Wedean

Dorothy Elizabeth Merchen was born on April 15, 1922, in Crofton, NE, to William (Fred) and Josephine Irene (Cummings) Merchen.

She passed away in her sleep on Thursday, August 9, 2007.

Services were held August 15, 2007, at the Assembly of God Church in Winner, SD, with Pastor Randy Hahne officiating.

Pallbearers were Ross Brunskill, Tom Cuny, Neil Lantz, Shawn Iversen, Jay Keever and Kyle Manke. Music was provided by Teresa Yeamen, soloist, and Joanne Jerrod, pianist.

Interment was in the Winner Cemetery.

Dorothy spent her childhood in Witten, Carter and then in Winner, SD.

On September 28, 1940, she married Earl Frederick Wedean and they lived in rural Hamill, SD, until 1945. They then moved south of Okaton, SD, and lived along the White River until 1956. Dorothy and Earl raised three daughters during those years.

Dorothy spent her time at home with her girls, Earlene, Kay and Susan. She and Earl were active members with the Flying Farmers of America of which Dorothy was elected the South Dakota State Queen in 1954. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. The family moved to Murdo, SD, in 1956. Dorothy spent her remaining years in Murdo and Winner and attended the Assembly of God Church. In the fall of 2006, she moved to the Winner Nursing Home.

Dorothy was always dressed for any occasion with her matching jewelry and shoes. She enjoyed playing cards and listening to her country music favorites, Elvis or Johnny Cash. If the Beer Barrel Polka was playing, she was probably dancing. Even in her later years she followed several sports and was a Vikings and Husker football fan.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Earlene Josephine Hullinger and her husband, Richard, of Murdo and Spearfish, SD; and Susan Pauline Brunskill of Murdo; two sisters, Louise Root and Joanne Jerrod of Winner, SD; a brother, Ronald Merchen of Winner; a half-brother, William A. (Billy) Merchen of Rapid City, SD; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ailene Shriner; a brother, Richard (Dick) Merchen; a daughter, Louise (Kay) Keever and three great-grandsons, Jacob and Spencer Iversen and Luke Wedean Wolfe.