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Steven  Merkwan

Rev. Dean Schroeder
Pianist ~ Melissa Bruna
Soloist ~ Caroline King
“Amazing Grace”
Congregational Hymns
“How Great Thou Art”
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
Dennis Merkwan & Jim Merkwan
All of Steve’s Cousins, Nephews, & Nieces
Joey Cap, Mark Walloch, Darrell Pavel,
Tony Geohring, Tim Geohring, and George Peterson
Steven Joseph Merkwan, 60, of Tyndall, SD, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Tyndall, SD after battling colon cancer for the past year.
Steve was born on October 3, 1957 at Saint Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall, SD to Emil and Patricia (Bartekoske) Merkwan. He grew up on the family farm located 10 miles north east of Tyndall. He graduated from Tyndall High School in 1975. After graduation, Steve worked at the Avon Live Stock, Co-op in Tyndall, SD, Cimpels meats in Yankton and Shur-Co in Yankton.
In 1986, he married Lavona Marie Peterson, whom he had been dating since 1981. Together, they were blessed with the birth of two children, a son, Michael and daughter, Jennifer.
Steve’s passions included fishing, gardening, going to the casino and rides in the country past the farmstead. He also enjoyed his tractors and working on vehicles with his son.
Steve is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Lavona Merkwan, his two children, Mike and Jennifer, both of Tyndall, SD; brothers and sister-in-laws, James and Jolene of Tabor, SD and Dennis and Lorrie Merkwan of Sioux Falls, SD; nieces and nephews.; brother-in-laws, Melvin (Cathy) Peterson of Lesterville, SD and Lloyd (Cindy) Peterson of Avon, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Patricia Merkwan, grandparents and an aunt, Violet Geohring and uncle, Leroy Geohring.

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My deepest sympathy to Steve's family and friends from a fellow '75 er. RIP "Tiny"

Denise (Kreber) Platt Oct 28 2017 1:02 AM

So sorry for your loss.

Jeff Fuks Oct 27 2017 9:15 PM

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I know he fought a good fight. Sympathy to all the family.

Verda Sykora Oct 27 2017 9:09 PM

We were so so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He will be missed so much, by so many. I will always remember the smile he had on his face and his laugh. He was a wonderful man. We wish to extend our most sincere sympathy to his family. He earned his angel wings and has no more pain. Cherish his memory!

Susan and Tom Olson Oct 26 2017 6:13 PM

I'm so sry for your guys lost . Nobody should loose a love one . Steve was such a kind and loving person he will sure be missed by so many people . He is now with the angles looking down on all of you guys and forever in your hearts. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family .

Erica Mendoza Oct 26 2017 5:07 PM

To the Merkwan families We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Brian & Connie(Jezek) Tinney

Connie Tinney Oct 26 2017 4:16 AM