Gerald Bradley Merrill, 72

Published 11:07 am Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Gerald Bradley Merrill, 72, of Albert Lea, Minn., died Monday, June 2, 2014, at his home in Albert Lea. He was 72 years of age.



Gerald was born Dec. 25, 1941, in Austin, Minn., the son of Isaac and Myrtle (Olman) Merrill. He attended public school in Austin, Minn.

Gerald had been employed for many years first as a supervisor with the Rock Island Rail Road and then with the Burlington Northern Rail Road. He loved fishing, travel and had a great passion for watching the trains go by.

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Gerald is survived by the mother of his children Maryann Jensen of Albert Lea, Minn.; children Bradley Allen Merrill of Clarks Grove, Minn., Jerry Bradley (Jayme) Merrill of Albert Lea, Minn., Char Merrill of Clarks Grove, Minn., and Randy Allen Merrill (April Rygh) of Fairmont, Minn. Grandchildren include Crystal, Brianna, Amanda, Nikki, Haily, Serena, Brandon, Karrah, Kaitlyn, Kaydence and Kendrick; great-grandchildren are Zayden and Amadeus. He is also survived by two sisters, Zelma Bolinger of Austin, Minn., and Marie Gallegos of Minneapolis, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Floyd; sister Karen; grandson Isaac; and brother-in-law Mario Gallegos.

Memorial services for Gerald will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Assemblies of God Church, 1540 S. Shore Dr. Albert Lea, Minn. The Rev. Lee Freshour will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin, Minn.