Merlyn Sulzle

Merlyn H. Sulzle

October 19th, 1938 - September 30th, 2020
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Merlyn Sulzle was born in Akaska SD on October 19, 1938. He graduated from the Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge, SD. He married Della (Suko) during a blizzard on February 23, 1957. One year later almost to the day, February 24, 1958, they welcomed their first son, Dan, into the world. In the next three years, they would welcome three additional children, Robin, Jean, and Dale.

Merlyn worked as an auto mechanic for many years but continued advanced schooling and eventually earned his teaching certificate. In 1973 he began his teaching career at Multi District Career Center in Watertown, SD. Merlyn and his students received many state and national awards and honors throughout his years of teaching. His retirement years were spent traveling around the United States and working on building projects for the organization Builders for Christ.

Merlyn passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown at the age of 81.

Merlyn is survived by his wife, Della, and his children: Dan, Robin (Joel Carlson), Jean, and Dale (Jane Marie). He also is survived by his grandchildren: David, Jacob, Catherine, Christopher, Katarina, and Noah along with sisters: Sharon (Chuck Marsh), Sarah (Rodney Sheldon), and sisters-in-law Helen (Quentin Sulzle) and Charlene Krog Isakson (Wayne Sulzle).

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. Visitation will be on Saturday for one hour prior to the services at the church.

Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD.

Memorials may be designated to Great Plains Lutheran High School, 1200 Luther Ln NE, Watertown, SD 57201.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel,
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  • Visitation

    Saturday October 3rd, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday October 3rd, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Visitation will be at St. Martin's Lutheran Church for one hour prior to the services.
  • Service

    Saturday October 3rd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday October 3rd, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Martin's Lutheran Church
    1200 Second St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorials may be designated to Great Plains Lutheran High School, 1200 Luther Ln NE, Watertown, SD 57201.
    Pastor Paul Janke
  • Interment

    Mount Hope Cemetery
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Gerald Geiger

Posted at 10:41pm
With gratitude to the Lord, who claimed Merlyn as his own through Holy Baptism and kept him in the faith through Word and Sacrament even until death, that he now shares in the joys of heaven. I am grateful to know that he was able to use his gifts in many ways but especially in service to Builders For Christ - a ministry of Kingdom Workers. May the Good Shepherd comfort Della and all who mourn his death with a focus on the promises that he will continue to shepherd his children along the path to heaven.
Pastor Gerald Geiger

Elaine Heier Almos

Posted at 10:32pm
Merlyn and I go "way back" to Zion Lutheran School in Akaska. Our parents worked to provide a Christian school for us. We practiced our recitations and songs to praise the Lord in the Christmas Eve programs. As grade school kids, we played "Andy Over" over the tall church building. No adults ever told us to stop, and amazingly, we never broke any of the beautiful frosted glass church windows. I'll always remember Merlyn's gentle personality and pleasant giggle. Now he is "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." To Merlyn's family: Remember that we are Resurrection people! Till we meet again, may you enjoy the glories of heaven! Blessings and God's comfort, Elaine Heier Almos

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Posted at 08:15pm
I am heartbroken for the family. My deepest sympathy for your loss. Chris Head
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