Funeral services for Merl Tilton, age 85, of Hartington, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Christ Memorial United Methodist Church in Bloomfield, Nebraska. Pastor Lynde Linde will officiate, with burial in Bloomfield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Merl died Friday, September 15, 2017, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Merl Lee Tilton, son of Charles “Webb” and Martha (Grimm) Tilton, was born May 25, 1932, at his parent’s farm near Lindy, Nebraska. His family later moved to a farm near Bloomfield and then to a farm near Hartington. He attended rural school near Bloomfield and Wausa. Merl also attended welding school in Portland, Oregon. After returning from Oregon, he took over the family farm near Hartington where he remained until July when he became a resident of Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge. He thoroughly enjoyed farming, sold seed corn, and moved hay for many years.
Merl is survived by his sister, Alma Hughes of Portland, Oregon; nieces, Peggy (Kenny) Doering and Connie (Larry) Delvaux both of Yankton, South Dakota, and Jackie (Rick) Johnson of Oskaloosa, Iowa; nephew, Dallas (Connie) Fiscus of Crofton, Nebraska; several great nieces and nephews; and his two special canine friends, Heidi and Squirt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Miriam Fiscus; brothers-in-law, Richard Fiscus and Wilfred Hughes; and a nephew, Gary Hughes.