Merritt Francis Mahutga, 95

MahutgaMerritt Francis Mahutga was born on Dec. 1, 1917 in Bismarck, ND and passed away from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease on Dec. 17, 2012 at his son’s home in Hemet, CA.

His loving wife Magdalene of 37 years had predeceased him.

He is survived by 2 sons, Robert Mahutga, Nowthen, MN, John Mahutga, Hemet, CA; and 1 daughter, Joann Wolner, Afton, MN; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

During WWII he volunteered for the US Army and also to be a paratrooper. He served in the 82nd Airborne Div. during 1944-1946. He was a US Postal clerk for 30 years. After retiring he continued to work on the family farm in Elk River. Finally, he was cared for at his son’s home in Hemet, CA.

Visitation: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Dare’s Funeral Home (763-441-1212) with a Graveside service to follow at 12:30 pm at St. Andrews Cemetery.