Merle Ihnen, 87 of Alexandria and formerly of Parker died Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Avera Brady Home, Mitchell. Funeral services will be at 10:30am Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, Parker with burial at Rosehill Cemetery, Parker. Visitation will be from 5-7pm Friday evening at the United Methodist Church in Alexandria with a Prayer Service at 7:00pm. Arrangements by Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Mary; 4 children, Darrel, Parker, Doug, Harrisburg, Holly Unruh, Freeman, and Melonie (Lorin) DeVries, Lennox; 9 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren; 10 step children, Gary (Linda), Tea, Kathi (Dwayne) McIntyre, Salem, Marcia (Rick) Cheesman, Alexandria, Wanda (Jerry) Roskens, Emery, Loren, Alexandria, Dawn (Keith) Barse, Ethan, Debbie (Jeff) VanPelt, Tripp, Darcy (Dean) Esser, Canova, Randy (Michelle), Box Elder, and Kent (Debbie), Alexandria; 29 step grandchildren, 45 step great grandchildren, and 4 step great great grandchildren; and 2 brothers and a sister, George, Chancellor, Ronnie, Worthing, and Darla , Swan Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ardell, sons in laws Dale and Mark, and 17 brothers and sisters.