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Merrill Larry Stutzman
May 17, 1939 ~ September 29, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Merrill Larry Stutzman was born May 17, 1939, in Milford, Nebraska to Fred and Agnes (Bender) Stutzman, and passed away Friday, September 29, 2023, at the age of 84. Merrill was married to Violet R. (Troyer) Stutzman on June 22, 1961. From this union four children were born: Brian, Jerolyn, Jyl and Barry.
Throughout his life, Merrill worked as a Tractor Tire Service Technician for the Milford Coop for 34 years and DNA Genetics.
One of his greatest passions was traveling. Along with Vi, they volunteered for Service Opportunity for Older People (SOOP), through the Mennonite Mission Board, traveling to Massachusetts to Arizona and many places in between helping wherever needed. In his spare time, he enjoyed tinkering around the house and managing the small farm he owned for 43 years. He especially enjoyed taking care of his sheep and watching the lambs play in the spring. He also enjoyed helping the neighbors with their harvest in the fall. Merrill and Violet moved into the City of Milford in 2010. Since moving to town, he kept busy drinking coffee with friends and tending to his garden. He also enjoyed making whirligigs and walking sticks. His grandchildren loved spending time with him. He taught us patience, to always do the right thing, that family is important, don’t hold a grudge, to be kind, and to love the Lord.
He is survived by his wife, Violet R. Stutzman, Milford, NE; son Brian Stutzman, Florissant, MO; daughters Jerolyn (Dave) Urbach, Seward, NE; Jyl (Todd) Godwin, Cuero, TX; grandchildren Tabitha Pelfrey, Ben Urbach, and Josh Urbach; two step grandchildren Megan Green, and Kate Cox; Brother Robert Stutzman; Sisters-in-law Betty Springer, and Norma Troyer; Brother-in-law Bill Armfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Barry, one brother and three sisters, and granddaughter Samantha Pelfrey.
There is no visitation.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, October 2nd, 2023, at Bellwood Mennonite Church.
A private family Inurnment will be held later at Blue Mound Cemetery.
Memorials are in care of the family for a later designation.