Merle Leroy Forss

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  • Name: Merle Leroy Forss
  • Location of Birth: Stratford, Wisconsin
  • Date of Birth: July 2, 1923
  • Date of Death: November 6, 1997 (74 years old)
  • Parents: Fredrick and Marian Forss
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  • Highest Rank: BM 2 (Boatswain's Mate Petty Officer 2nd Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: September 15, 1942
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  • Date of Discharge: October 4, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    Prior to entering the Navy, Merle served with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He served with the United States Navy during World War II.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Merle married Norma Limburg on July 2, 1958 in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

    In 1965, they moved to Max, Minnesota where Merle worked as a logger. They then moved to Dayton, Ohio in 1977 and he was employed by the street department of Riverside and in the computer lab at Wright Field. In 1985, they returned to Max and he was employed as a custodian at the Squaw Lake School.

    Merle was a member of the Oriental Lodge No. 34 A.F. & A.M. of Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

    Merle is survived by his wife, Norma; seven brothers, Laverne, Stanley, Maurice, Obert, Gordon, Allan, and Ralph; and three sisters, Gladys Berg, Roberta Grouden, and Mystie Olson.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Dellard and Alfred; four sisters, Bernice Buffinton, Dorothy Thornhill, Judy Olson, and Marian Forss.

    Merle died at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Merle is buried in Cannon Falls Community Cemetery at Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

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