Mervil Christian, 1924-2014

Published 10:54 am Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mervil “Red” Christian, 90, of Emmons died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at his home in rural Emmons.

Mervil Christian

Mervil Christian

Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Silver Lake Lutheran Church in rural Northwood with the Rev. Randy Baldwin officiating.

Family will greet friends at a gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 E. Main St. in Lake Mills, and then again before the service at the church.

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Inurnment will take place at Silver Lake Lutheran Cemetery in rural Northwood with Emmons Louis/Tveite Post 317 performing military rites at graveside.

Mervil “Red” Burnell Christian was born July 10, 1924, in Freeman Township, Freeborn County, the son of Melvin and Bertha (Larson) Christian. He attended school at and graduated from Emmons High School.

Red served his country during World War II in the United States Navy.

On May 28, 1948, Red was united in marriage to Betty Lou Ashpole at Silver Lake Lutheran Church. Together they farmed in the Emmons area and raised their family.

Red was devoted to his family and loved farming. Red also took great pride in his involvement as a treatment technician at Fountain Centers in Albert Lea.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty, of Emmons; his children Victoria (Frederick Ostrowski) of Otsego, Judith (Larry) Christensen of Albert Lea, Michael (Marlene) Christian of Northwood, Kurtis Christian and Mark (Sharon) Christian, both of Albert Lea; son-in-law, Mike Haskins, of Austin; sister, Lila Harris, of Minneapolis; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Red was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Nancy Haskins; three sisters, Ardella Dybvad, Marjorie Emmons and Dorothy Christian; one brother, Byrine Christian; grandson, Jerad Naser; step-grandson, Christopher Opseth; and step-granddaughter, Kassi Haskins.

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