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Merlin Milton Laabs, 83, went to be with the Lord February 7, 2012.
Merlin was born May 5, 1928 to Leo and Tena (Wolff) Laabs in Canby, Minnesota.
He was baptized at home on June 9, 1928, and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marietta, MN.

Merlin was drafted into the Army in 1950; serving his beloved country in the Korean War. While home on leave in December of 1950, he married the love of his life, Lois Horgen. They recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. They were blessed with five children; Keith (Jen), Cathie (Randy) White, Joel (Sue), Brian (Lorinda), Kevin (Barri), nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Lyle Laabs and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers; Donovan, Orville, Odell, and Dorrel Laabs.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he worked on various pipeline construction projects around Colorado, including the Air Force Academy and Cheyenne Mountain. His passion was operating heavy equipment, and later he formed his own pipeline construction company. While still in the field of construction, the family was blessed with working for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for 32 years as caretakers of the church and grounds.

Merlin was proud to be a part of several military organizations, and looked forward to monthly Korean War Veteran meetings. He was very dedicated to his many church activities, and in years past, took pride in organizing the youth softball and basketball leagues. His faith in God was shown in many ways. He loved and accepted all people for who they were. His love of family, friends, and coffee buddies were highlights for him. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their many events.

Merlin’s life will be celebrated with a visitation from 12:00-3:00 on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1128 East Boulder (the corner of Boulder and Hancock). Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. A luncheon reception will then be held at the Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church Fix-It Fund.

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