Merle Berreth

Merle Berreth

Merle BerrethMerle “Sunshine” Rueben Berreth, age 69 of Redwood Falls, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Arlington Township East of Gaylord due to a motor vehicle accident.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 17 at Christ’s Victory Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls.  Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at Redwood Valley Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church.  Interment will be in the Redwood Falls Cemetery.   Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Merle “Sunshine” Rueben Berreth was born November 10, 1949 to Arthur and Clara (Beck) Berreth in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Merle attended country school in South Dakota until it closed and he continued his education at Herreid High School.  After graduating, he traveled with a harvester crew to Oklahoma.  On November 13, 1971, Merle married Linda Hoseck at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Canby, MN.  The couple lived in Pipestone where he worked for MSI Homes.  They then moved to Lake Benton and later to Morgan where Merle was employed with Peterson Well Drilling.  In 1975, the couple moved to Redwood Falls.  There, Merle started his own business doing carpentry contracting.  Merle also worked as a Service Technician at Stratford Homes in Wisconsin for three years before he started his own business, Modular & Mobile Home Setting and Painting where he set modular homes all over the upper Midwest.  Later, Merle started his own transporting business, M & L Transport, where he transported modular and mobile homes.  Merle then worked for Central Bi as a truck driver for nine years.  Recently, Merle started his own M&L Pilot Car Service.  Merle was very creative and talented with his hands. Merle could use his imagination and talent to fix or create almost anything and he preferred to build all his own furniture.  Merle loved woodworking and making furniture and he enjoyed watching the wildlife and going to the rifle range.

Merle is survived by his wife Linda of 48 years; son Brent (April) Berreth of Moorhead; five grandchildren: Christopher, Carsen, Kaitlyn, Brooklyn & Austin; sister Marie Ruza of Selby, SD; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Eric “Bumper,” sisters Caroline “Faye” Siebel and Lucille Forbess.

10 thoughts on “Merle Berreth”

  1. Linda and family you have my deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed visiting and picking on sunshine. He truly will be missed. Hugs to you all. Lois olson

  2. So sorry for your loss. I will miss Merle’s chats when we would run into each other. His nickname is very appropriate you couldn’t help but smile when around him. Hugs and prayers for you Linda and family.
    Martha Widmer

  3. From my McDonalds morning crew, ” we are so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. Sending many prayers to the family and friends.

  4. So sorry to hear of the tragic vehicle accident. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Merle Berreth. Remember running into Merle and Linda at times at McDonalds and having a nice conversation. May God surround you all with his loving arms and give you strength in the days ahead. John and Diane Woodford

  5. I’m so sorry Linda. May God keep you close and remind you of Merle in his beautiful heavenly home where you’ll see him again. Deb Wormer

  6. Gail and Mike Kostelecky

    In reply to Lois Olson.
    Brent, April and the Berreth family: I am so sorry for your sudden loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate Merle’s life. The memories will always be with you. May he rest in peace.

  7. Joel and Vickie Westra

    Linda and family, we are so sorry to hear about Merle’s passing. Oh what fun he and dad (Juel Reinhart) had. So many good times. He was such a nice guy. Our prayers are with you and your family. Joel and Vickie (Reinhart) Westra

  8. Linda, My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I always enjoyed talking to the both of you over the years. I will visit you in the near future.

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