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Merit SchortzmanMerit Frederick Schortzman was born on July 26, 1949 to Alton and Irene (Zeeb) Schortzman in Scotland, South Dakota. He was baptized on August 21, 1949 by Rev. Rieger at the Petersburg Congregational Church near Lesterville. On June 7, 1964, Merit was onfirmed by Rev. Bettenhausen at the United Church of Christ. Merit graduated from Scotland High School in May 1967.
On August 8, 1971, Merit was united in marriage to Dianne Mehlhaf at the Zion Reformed Church at Menno. To this union two sons were born, Bret and Jared.
Merit farmed all his life until his health declined. He entered the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland on March 27, 2017. Following a long battle with diabetes and Myelodyplastic Disease Syndrome (a form of blood cancer), Merit fell asleep in Jesus on Monday, October 30, 2017 having attained the age of 68 years, 3 months, and 4 days. Merit was a kind and gentle man with a dry sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dianne Schortzman of Scotland; sons: Bret (Mary) Schortzman of Rock Valley, IA and Jared Schortzman of Scotland, SD; grandchildren: Cade, Brianna, and Erica Schortzman; his mother, Irene Schortzman of Lesterville; brothers: Mel (Linda) Schortzman of Clark, SD and Roger (Marilyn) Schortzman of Lesterville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Harley Mehlhaf of Hurley, SD, Myron (Linda) Mehlhaff of Freeman, SD, Dale (Earla) Mehlhaff of Freeman, SD; many nieces and nephews; and aunts and uncles: Vernon (Vivian) Gall, Norma Christensen, Ida Sayler, Ruth Mehlhaf, Caroline Roth, and Darlene Mehlhaf.
Merit was preceded in death by his father Alton Schortzman, father and mother-in-law Ruben and Leona Mehlhaf, sister-in-law Janet Mehlhaf, and nephew Bronson Miller.
We mourn our lose when a friend passes; but I prefer to see that Merit is now at peace and without suffering. My deepest thoughts are always with my friend's (and classmate's brother) family. Rest in Peace, Merit; you ARE missed.
Michael D Ackerman Sr Nov 5 2017 7:53 AM
Very sorry to hear about this. We are thinking of you. May you all be wrapped in comfort and peace. God's blessings to you his family.
Nancy (Foss) Penk Nov 4 2017 1:44 AM
So sorry to hear Merit passed as he was so much fun to visit with always got a charge out of all of the conversations with him. Joe and Merit were classmates. He wanted to make it to the 50th Class Reunion and he did thank you God for that... Prayers, hugs and comfort to all his family...near and far...
Joe and Jane Sedlacek Nov 3 2017 9:38 PM
I have so many good memories of Merit, he could always bring a smile to my face and always made me laugh he was just the kindest man. He is pain free now and in a good place.
LORI AMAN Nov 3 2017 8:07 PM
Sorry to hear of Merits passing. The last time we visited was In the clinic in Yankton . I know they made many trips there. My sympathy to Diane and family.
Verda Sykora Nov 3 2017 4:59 PM
Dianne and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Linda Novak Wold Nov 3 2017 4:38 PM
Sincere sympathy to you and yours, Dianne. My prayers go out to you as you grieve Merits passing on.
Judy (Ireland) Strachan Nov 3 2017 4:55 AM
Dear Diane, We send our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the loving memories of Merit grant you comfort and peace. God Bless you and embrace you in His never ending love..
Marvin and Agnes Thum Nov 1 2017 10:15 PM
Dianne & Family, So sorry to hear of Merit's passing. He had a long, hard struggle, but praise the Lord his pain has ended. I am with you in prayerful condolence and remembrance.
Nancy Ireland Hoffer Nov 1 2017 6:58 PM
I could talk for hours about Merit. He was really one of the people in my life that made a difference. Prayers to everyone.
Paul Sayler and Family Oct 31 2017 7:46 PM