Merrill August Schleich was born September 16, 1921 at Alexandria to William and Mary (Kayser) Schleich. He grew up in Hanson County where he attended Wayne #1 School through the eighth grade. He served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. He married Maxine Determan on June 14, 1949. They farmed near Emery until retiring in 2003 and then moved into Emery. Merrill was involved with the Pleasant Township for over forty years. During this time he was a supervisor for over thirty years and for many years he operated the road maintainer. He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed doing cross-stitch, making many pictures.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine, his children: Wayne Schleich and wife Sandy, Emery; Linda Westendorf and husband John, Lake Andes; Janice TerMeer and husband Keith, Sioux Falls; Gloria Hogue and husband Jim, Fargo, ND; brother, Nick Schleich and wife Alice, Emery and sisters: Helen Reuss and Laverne Nelson, Sioux Falls; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Pauline Jensen.