Merlyn Parmely 1935-2013

Posted April 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Merlyn Parmely 1935-2013

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Merlyn Parmely, 77, of Miller, S.D., died Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, April 19 at the First Presbyterian Church in Miller with the Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Rembold Funeral Home. Burial will be at G.A.R. Cemetery. Friends and family may sign Merlyn’s online register at

Merlyn Parmely was born May 31, 1935 at Keeline, Wyo., the son of Archie and Bertha (Daugherty) Parmely. His family moved back to South Dakota in 1940. He attended rural and St. Lawrence schools, graduating in 1954 from St. Lawrence High School. Upon the death of his father, Merlyn became involved in farming at an early age.

Merlyn married Marilyn Raske on June 1, 1956 at the Presbyterian Church in Miller, and to this union four children were born. The couple spent their lives together on a farm south of St. Lawrence until her death on September 6, 1976. He continued farming and later married Bernice Schubloom on July 13, 1979.

Merlyn enjoyed spending time with his family, farming, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, visiting with neighbors, and his dogs.

He is survived by his wife Bernice; son, Mike Parmely (Roxanne Oakley) of Holabird, S.D.; daughter, Sandra (Neil) Stevens of Miller; son, Rod (Jean) Parmely of Watertown; and son Jeff (Margie) Parmely of Miller; 12 grandchildren, Brad Parmely, Eric Parmely, Grady Oakley, Cole Oakley, Jessica (Stevens) Oolman, Casie Stevens, Andrea (Stevens) Jones, Clate Stevens, Jay Parmely, Jenna Parmely, Tara Parmely and Trevor Parmely; and six great-grandchildren, Joslynn Parmely, Montana Parmely, Jerzy Parmely, Brayden Oolman, Jace Oolman and Mia Jones.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn, parents, and seven brothers; Donald, Clarence, Leo, LaVerne, Harold, Arvy, and Clayton Jr.

Rembold Funeral Home was entrusted with Merlyn’s arrangements.