Vernon L. Merriman


February 24, 1923 - October 29, 2010


Vernon L. Merriman was born in Wessington Springs, SD Feb. 24, 1923.  He was raised and educated in Woonsocket, SD and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings for one year.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and went to Seattle to wait for his orders.  During this time, he was united in marriage to Mildred Hague on Dec. 23, 1942.  After serving in the Air Corps, he returned to Howard, South Dakota to work for his uncle, Fred Merriman.  In 1947, Vern moved to Mitchell and began his career as an oil jobber with Mobile Oil Corporation.  Later he formed Merriman Oil Company and worked until his retirement in 1985.  


Upon retirement, Vern and Mildred traveled in the winter to Arizona for 13 years.  They also enjoyed their condo in Mitchell and enjoyed their many friends and family.  Vern was active in The First United Methodist Church, Lion’s Club, American Legion and the VFW.  He was also very proud to be a 32nd degree Mason.  Vern was president of the South Dakota Independent Oilman’s Association.  As a result, they traveled extensively throughout the country.  One of their favorite memories from this period was being invited to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.  Since the time he was young, he looked forward to pheasant hunting in the fall with friends and family.  Finally, he was extremely proud to be married to Mildred for 67 years and one of his greatest joys in life was being a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.


Vern is survived by his wife, Mildred, Mitchell, SD; daughter, Connie (Al) Oberembt, Fargo, ND; granddaughter, Cassandra (Jason) Glynn, Fergus Falls, MN, and great-grandsons, Max and Henry; son, Jerry (Deby) Merriman, Dallas, TX; grandson, Craig (Sarah) Merriman, Dallas, TX, and great-grandsons, Grant and Nolan; granddaughter, Paige (Ryan) Vincent, Dallas, TX. 


Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Clara (Brattrud) Merriman.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Vern’s memory to Lion’s Club, PO Box 575, Mitchell, SD.


To Be Announced


Friday, November 5, 2010
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Serviceman's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on November 3, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, our deepest sympathy.
Posted by Alice (Volek) Wright on November 3, 2010
Our prayers are with you. I have fond memories of your Dad and will treasure them always.
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