Merrill James Kuster

Merrill Kuster, 95, rural Stanley, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at the family farm surrounded by his family. His memorial service is scheduled for Friday, July 12, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Stanley. A rosary service will be Thursday, July 11, at 8 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Stanley.

Merrill James Kuster was born June 28, 1918, on the farm north of Stanley. He was the sixth of nine children born to Louis and Nora (Vadnais) Kuster. He farmed up until World War II.

In 1942, he joined the Navy and served as an electrician’s mate on the Escort Carrier Gambier Bay. He was involved in the largest naval battle in world history in which the ship was sunk and he survived two days and two nights in the water prior to rescue. He finished his service on the USS Little Rock and returned to the farm.

In 1952, he married his wife of 60 years, Lois. Together they farmed and raised six children. Merrill enjoyed hunting, gardening, and restoring antique farm equipment and riding his 1947 Indian Chief motorcycle.

Merrill was a devout Catholic and served on the local school board, the township board and the elevator board.

He is survived by: his sons, Louis (Jeri) and Bill (Ronda), Stanley; his daughters, Mary Enerson (Dale), Jamestown, Ann Holland (Tom), Texas, and Agnes Soland (Aaron), Texas; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; seven sisters; his youngest daughter, Alice; and his wife, Lois.

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