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Merrill M. Ellies

Merrill M. Ellies, age 88, of Lafayette, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024 at Oak Hills Living Center – Hospice Care.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the First Lutheran Church of Lafayette. Pastor Mike Zaske will officiate, and burial will be held in the church cemetery following the service where military honors will be provided by the Lafayette Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the First Lutheran Church in Lafayette prior to the service.
The Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes of New Ulm are assisting the family with arrangements at this time.
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Merrill Milton Ellies was born on December 9, 1935 in rural Winthrop, Minnesota. He was the son of Milton and Elsie (Lind) Ellies. Merrill was a 1954 graduate of Winthrop High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. Merrill served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany for two years.
Merrill was united in marriage to Lila Carlson at First Lutheran Church in Lafayette on March 17, 1962. They made their lifelong home in Lafayette, Minnesota and were blessed with 2 children. A daughter, Karen and a son, Mitchell. They shared 61 years of marriage.
Merrill was a heavy equipment crane operator through the Local 49ers Union until he retired in 1998. He enjoyed outdoor activities throughout his lifetime including stock car racing, trap shooting, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting.
Merrill is survived by his loving wife Lila; daughter Karen Larson and grandchildren Lucas and Samantha. He was preceded in death by his parents Milton and Elsie Ellies and son Mitchell Ellies.

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