Merlyn E. Packard age 84, of Lonsdale passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and children on February 28th 2012. He is survived by wife Janet, children Helen Sheehan (Kelly), David Packard (Kathy), Carole McLaughlin (Raymond), Patricia Patterson (Brian), Kimberly Rossman (Keith), John Schow (Gail), Lynette Moe (David) and Carrie Sheffler (Jayson). Grandchildren Halley Kiesling (Adam), Kelli, Kyle, Colin and Connor Packard, Justin Mclaughlin (Shannon) Daniel and Amber McLaughlin, Nichole Salewski (Andy), Ashley, Hannah, Joseph, Sarah Patterson, Marissa Slezak, Mathew Netter (deceased), Adam Schow, Kody Koktavy, Jaylyn and Carson Sheffler. Great- Grandchildren Harmony and Kadence Kiesling, Niklas and Andrea Salewski and Kassidy Hesse. Noel and Brayden Netter. Brothers and sisters, William Packard (Edith), Gerald Packard, Wayne Packard (Toni), Joline Nelson, Rosemary Brink, Eleanore Seehafer , Corrie Brown (Ray), Diane Norris and Roxanne Packard. Brother and Sister in laws Dena Packard, Alan Garrison, Ado Seehafer (deceased) and Fred Nelson (deceased). Merlyn Packard was born in Goldfield, Iowa to Claude and Rosamond Packard on November 21 1927 he grew up on a farm near his grandparents in the Milaca area. He was the oldest of 13 children and he spent many days helping with the farm and watching after his younger siblings. He spent a brief amount of time serving his country in the Army. He married Mary Satterlee in 1959 and had two children along with Mary’s son from a previous marriage while living in the Minneapolis area. He married Janet Schow in 1972 along with her 4 children and they moved to Lonsdale blending their two families together. Merlyn and Janet had two more children together and some people referred to them as “The Brady Bunch”. Merlyn loved to show off all of his accomplishments, you couldn’t drive through the cities without hearing about every building or parking lot he poured Redi mix for. He worked at Freidheims and Cemstone throughout the years. He also enjoyed gardening especially his tomatoes; he loved making his famous chili and horseradish sauce. And he is the most well-known for his own gourmet homemade “dog food” the dogs ate better than anybody else in the house. He was the Mr. fix it anything and everything he could fix he would even if it was not broken sometimes it would take years. He loved spending time with his family playing cards like Idiot and Canasta and he was always the “Nasty Canasty” champion. Being with family was his greatest joy, he was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was known as “dad” to many of his children’s closest friends around Lonsdale. For the last seven years he battled a tremendous fight with cancer and stroke complications. He would not give up the fight he did not want to leave his family especially his beloved wife Janet up until his body could not fight any longer. The family would like to thank 3 Links Care Center for their fantastic care and services they provided to our family for the last 2 years. They treated Merlyn with the utmost dignity and care and they made his last few months on earth as comfortable as possible. If anyone would like to donate in honor of Merlyn he was very passionate about the charity Operation Smile. The website is www.operationsmile.org Funeral Service 2pm Saturday March 3, 2012 at Trondhjem Lutheram Church, 7525 Garfield Ave. Lonsdale, MN. Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to service at church. Luncheon after service, salads and desserts are welcome.