Merle L. Crown

Merle Crown, age 89, of Wall, died Monday, June 20, 2005, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the United Methodist Church in Wall with Pastor Gary Geiman and Brother Bill Myers officiating.

Music will be provided by Dorothy Shearer, organist, Tom Ramirez, vocalist, and Merle’s grandchildren, vocalists.

Ushers are Jerry Johannesen, Bernard Foster and Bill Leonard. Pallbearers are Kem, Jem, Kent and Kevin Kjerstad, Byron Crown, Tim Fauske, B.J. Dartt and Chris Ramirez.

Interment with Masonic Rites will be held at the Wall Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall is in charge of the arrangements.

Merle Lynal Crown was born January 17, 1916, north of Wall, the son of Orrin and Maggie (Wetzel) Crown. He attended school at the Huron Rural School. He then enlisted in CCC Camp #790. He worked in the harvest fields in Washington for one year. Then, in 1937, he went to work for the highway department for three years.

Merle was united in marriage to Verle Amy Lynch on September 14, 1940. They moved to Rapid City and worked for Johnson Machine for three years. They then moved to Wall and worked in his father's dairy business. He bought the Puritan Oil Business in 1946 in Wall. In 1961, they built the Wall Bowling Alley with Howard Johnson, Dayton Sebade, and Lysle Dartt. In 1964, he started Red Arrow Campground with Reynold and Edith Paulsen. He later bought the Emil Muller place south of town, where he resided until his death.

Merle was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wall, the Crescent Lodge #210, the Shriners, and Elks Lodge #1187. He was also a director of First Western Bank for 22 years, a Wall School Board member, a Farm Bureau member, and coached American Legion baseball.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Verle Crown of Wall; seven children, Patty Kjerstad of Wall, Merlin Crown and his wife, Betty, of Wall, Donna Fauske and her husband, David, of Wall, Alvin Crown and his wife,

Donna, of Wall, Doug Crown and his wife, Darla, of Rapid City, Bonnie Ramirez and her husband, Tom, of Douglas, WY, and Gale Crown and his wife, Tammie, of Wall; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elsie Mortensen of Wall, Doris Sebade and her husband, Norman, of Tacoma, WA, and Deloris Foster of Wall; a sister-in-law, Mary Crown of Corona, CA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wayne and Ivan Crown; a son-in-law, Richard "Dick" Kjerstad; and a granddaughter-in-law, Rose Mary Kjerstad.

A memorial is established to the United Methodist Church in Wall.