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William Edgar Merry
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1861
Waupaca County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Feb. 4, 1941
Dell Rapids
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA

Wm. E. Merry
Passes After a
Long Illness

William E. Merry, one of the oldest residents of the vicinity, who would have been 80 years of age on March 6th, passed away at the home of his son, Henry J. Merry, in Dell Rapids, Tuesday morning, February 4th, at about one o'clock, after a long and painful illness. Mr. Merry who had made his home most of the time since 1926 at Alhambra, Calif., came back to Dell Rapids the latter part of May to spend the summer months with his sons here. He was taken with his fatal illness shortly after his arrival and since had been confined to his bed most of the time until death came to relieve his sufferings.

William Edgar Merry was born March 6, 1861, near Weyauga, Waupaca County, Wis., a son of Lyman and Margaret Merry, and came with his parents to Dell Rapids, Dakota Territory, in 1873, the family settling on the old Merry homestead in east Dell Rapids township, about four miles east of Dell Rapids, which has remained in possession of members of the family ever since and is now occupied by Lyman Merry II, a grandson of the original claimant. Mr. Merry remained on the farm with his parents until his marriage on November 27, 1888, to Miss Reefa Hart, following which he engaged in farming for himself. Four sons were born to this union, Roe L. and John H., who are engaged in farming in Logan Township, and Grey A. and Henry J., who reside in the area, engage in the automobile business in Dell Rapids.

In 1913 Mr. Merry retired from farming and moved into Dell Rapids. His wife died January 27, 1924, and two years later, on June 2, 1926, he was re-married to Mrs. Lulu Blackman of Alhambra, Calif., since which time he had made his home most of the time at Alhambra, with annual visits to his sons and their families.

Mr. Merry was always an active worker in the church, having been a member of the First Baptist church during all his adult life. He also was active in civic affairs, having served while on his farm as a member of the township board and assessor. After moving into Dell Rapids, as a member of the park board; and in 1926 he was elected as a state representative from Minnehaha County, but, owing to ill health, was unable to serve in the 1927 session of the state legislature.

As one of the early pioneers here, Mr. Merry aided materially in the up-building of the farming community, developing several fine farms with industry and thrift as his watchword. He was a man of high character and was ever found exerting his best influence for the civic and moral betterment of the community in which he lived.

Besides his four surviving sons, the deceased is survived by three sisters, Mr. J. T. Harvey, Mrs. J.J. Jackson and Mrs. Margaret Merry, all of Dell Rapids, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all residing in Dell Rapids and vicinity.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Merry home at 1:30 and at the First Baptist Church at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. O.E. Enersen, with interment in the family lot in the Dell Rapids Cemetery.

Dell Rapids Tribune Feb. 6, 1941
Family links: 
  Lyman Swan Merry (1822 - 1878)
  Margaret Ann Bronk Merry (1823 - 1898)
  Reefa Mabel Hart Merry (1865 - 1924)*
  Roe Lyman Merry (1890 - 1968)*
  John Hart Merry (1891 - 1982)*
  Grey Abram Merry (1893 - 1965)*
  Henry James Merry (1897 - 1960)*
  Olive Della Merry Harvey (1857 - 1943)*
  Abram M. Merry (1859 - 1913)*
  William Edgar Merry (1861 - 1941)
  George Schuyler Merry (1863 - 1935)*
  Eunice Bell Merry Jackson (1865 - 1952)*
  Margaret Merry (1870 - 1958)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Near Hart Maker Side by side with Reefa Merry
Dell Rapids Cemetery
Dell Rapids
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
Plot: 10-7-6
Created by: dells
Record added: Aug 18, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11554793
William Edgar Merry
Added by: dells
William Edgar Merry
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William Edgar Merry
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