YORK STATION, Ohio
Merril Walden Wiedle, a lifelong York Station, Ohio, resident and farmer, claimed his eternal reward Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, after a long and fulfilling life in the Townsend community.
Merril, known to many of his friends as "Skinny," was born June 26, 1913, at York Station to Emi Henry and Lida Walden Wiedle. His wife of 47 years, Ada Scheub Wiedle, as well as his sister, Margaret Wiedle Burkin, preceded him in death.
Merril is survived by his wife of 19 years, Betty Wagner Wiedle; and his children, Mary (James) Hamilton of Murrysville, Pa., Henry (Margaret) Wiedle of Anchorage, Alaska, Kathleen (John) Nuss of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Christopher (Roberta) Wiedle of York Station. His heritage also includes nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren living across this great nation from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He is also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews who enjoyed his company.
Merril was a third generation farmer who began farming with horses as a child. After graduation from Townsend School in 1931, he continued farming with his parents and grandfather, Christian Wiedle. Merril also operated M.I. Wiedle and Son Coal Company out of York Station, serving residents of the community for nearly 20 years. Merril served for more than 30 years as treasurer of Vickery Methodist Church where he was a faithful lifelong member. He joined with friends monthly for more than 60 years as a member of Loyal Pals Farm Bureau Council. He was active in the Townsend and Pomona Grange until their demise, and then with the Townsend Ruritan Club. Merril also served on and lead the Townsend School Board of Education for 15 years.
Merril leaves a rich legacy for his years of work in and for the community, for work was his hobby. He actively farmed until the age of 90, and his farm bears testimony to his many years of stewardship, carpentry, conservation and diligent care. Even when in Florida, he did tasks for others unable to do for themselves.
Members of his family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home in Clyde. Because of his concern for attendees, he requested that the funeral service be at the First United Methodist Church in Clyde. This will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with the viewing preceding the service by an hour. Interment will be at Parkhurst Cemetery, which overlooks his farm. His family will join guests for lunch in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church following the committal.
Memorials may be made to Stein Hospice Service, or to any church or charitable organization that Merril was or the donor is involved.Condolences may be sent to auxterfuneralhomes.com.