Merlin A. Bakken, 75, Decorah

Funeral Announcement

Merlin A. Bakken, age 75, of Decorah, IA, died Thursday evening, August 21, 2014 at Wellington Place in Decorah.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Decorah with Rev. Chad Huebner officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah, with full military honors.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, August 25 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, with an I.O.O.F. service at 6:30 p.m. Monday, and on Tuesday beginning at 10:00 a.m., one hour before the service at the church.

Merlin is survived by his two daughters, Laura (Charles) Grim of Castle Rock, CO and Muriel Bakken of Decorah; one grandson, Robert (Shauna) Bakken of Castle Rock; 1 great-granddaughter, Amelia Bakken; his siblings: Dorothy (Duane) Hanson of Faribault, MN, Arlin (Marion) Bakken of Decorah, Hubert (Judy) Bakken of Decorah, Durwin (Jean) Bakken of Kansas City, MO, Katherine Swenson of Decorah and Linda (Doug) Martin of Kansas City, MO; one brother-in-law, Wendell Abbott of Tulsa, OK; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family.

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About Chris Berg

Chris was born and raised in Webster City, IA. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.