Merlin Kremer, 78

Merlin Kremer, 78, of West Bend passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 20, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in the town of Addison to Philip and Frances (nee Maday) Kremer on June 4, 1934. After graduating from West Bend High School in 1952, Merlin worked at the Gehl Company for 43 years, first as a machinist and, later, in the office. He married Darlene Lahr on Aug. 13, 1955 at Holy Angels Church. Together they had two sons, Bruce and Larry.

Enjoying life to the fullest, Merlin was a strong and loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He loved his family, his dog, Sparky, NASCAR, his truck, playing sheepshead, the Hexelbank Club, and taking care of his farm and pond. With a twinkle in his eye, Merlin had a great sense of humor, a wonderful gift of gab and always got a kick out of making people chuckle.

Merlin is survived by his wife, Darlene, his sons, Bruce and Larry (Nancy), his grandsons, Bryan (Randi) and Ben, his granddaughters, Mackenzie and Mikayla, his brother-in-law, Gilbert Flitter, nieces and nephews, and other loving friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Frances Kremer, his in-laws, Nic and Irene Lahr, his sister, Marie Flitter, and his infant sister, Lucille.

The funeral service will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI 53095) with the Rev. John Radetski presiding.

The visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9-11:30 a.m. Interment will take place at St. Maryís Cemetery on Forest View Road.

Memorials may be made, in Merlin Kremerís name, to St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Parish, 415 Roosevelt Drive, West Bend, WI 53090.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 or