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Merrill A. Alshouse

Posted: Monday, Nov 18th, 2013

LA MOILLE - Merrill A. Alshouse, 83, of LaMoille and Chetek, Wis., died Aug. 29, 2013 at his summer home in Chetek.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 16 at Community United Methodist Church, LaMoille with Rev. Sam Park officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Visitation was for one hour prior to services on Nov. 16 at the church.

Mr. Alshouse was born June 13, 1930 in Milwaukee, Wis. to Leo and Corinne Alshouse. He married Judy Haefner in Davenport, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife of LaMoille; the stepchildren he influenced during his life, John (Laurie) Thompson of Ladd, Mariellen (Gary) Molln of LaMoille, Tammy (Rich) Stachowiak of Spring Valley and Tonya (Chris) Otto of Cecil, Wis.; his step grandchildren, who were the light of his life, Dawn, Michelle, Blair, John, James, Trevor, Richie, his original “watt” bulb, Elizabeth, Kara, Karisa, September, Gabe and Shelby; two sisters, Lorraine Owens of Franklin Grove and Marla (Robert) Shedloski of Geneseo; two nephews and one niece; his dog and best friend, Missy, who was ever present by his side; and his special fishing buddy, Lorree Langman.

Mr. Alshouse studied at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for three years before attending and teaching at DeVry University, Chicago. He served with the U.S. Navy on the USS Altair from 1949-1954. He was employed by Nicor Gas, retiring as a senior corrosion specialist. He was a registered engineer with the National Alliance of Corrosion Engineers for 15 years. He was a Boy Scout leader, 50-year member of Mendota Elks Lodge 1212, 50-year member and past master of the Masonic Lodge of LaMoille and a member of Community United Methodist Church, LaMoille. He bowled in all the local establishments and was an avid fisherman, spending many hours fishing at his home in Chetek.

Memorials may be directed to the LaMoille Ambulance Service, Rice Lake Hospital in Rice Lake, Wis. or the donor’s choice.

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