Rev. Mark Werner
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
Scotland, South Dakota
Soloist ~ Rich Hall
Soloist ~ Ron Suess
Earl Carl Muhmel was born on the family farm near Scotland, South Dakota on Tuesday, January 2, 1923 to Carl and Naomi (Smith) Muhmel. He attended the Schatz Country School through the 8th grade. His mother passed away when he was only 13 years old.
Earl was called into the armed forces during World War II and was stationed with the U.S. Army at Hawaii. It was a time that Earl remembered vividly throughout his life. Following his military service, he returned home to the family farm and farmed the home place until well into his seventies.
Earl and his father were very helpful in establishing the new Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2966 in Scotland in 1945. He was a past Post Commander. Following in their footsteps, his sister Irene became active in the new V.F.W. Ladies’ Auxiliary, which was chartered in 1947. She also served as President for two years.
Earl and Irene were active members of the Highland Square Dance Club and square dancing provided them both with a rich social life, many friends, and a diversion from the hard work of the farm. Over the years, Earl became known as an accomplished square dance caller.
In 2000, Earl and Irene moved from their farm home into the new townhouse complex in Scotland. Earl and Irene became residents of the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland in the fall of 2003, and Irene passed away in October of 2004. Earl passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland at the age of 88 years and 2 days.
Earl is survived by two sisters: Alice Mellotte of Portland, Oregon and Helen (Harry) Voy of Santa Ana, California; and a niece, Julie Voy, also of Santa Ana, California. He is also survived by long-time family friend, Evelyn (John) Haynes of Scotland, who was both friend and caregiver to Earl and Irene for eight years.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Naomi Muhmel, his brother, Stanley Muhmel, and his sister, Irene Muhmel.