Merlin Odell Semb, age 79, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 9, 2020 in the Pigeon Falls Health Care Center in Pigeon Falls surrounded by his family.
Merlin was born on October 18, 1940 in Whitehall to Milfred and Marcella (Engebretson) Semb. He attended several area schools including Daggett, Reynold’s Coulee and Hale Caswell School.
Merlin was active in 4-H with the Hale & Hardy 4-H Club.
Merlin was a hard worker and through the years helped with farming. He worked at the Joey Pryzbilla Sawmill, Guse Construction doing concrete work, the Pigeon Falls Feed Mill, hauled milk for the Pigeon Creamery and then lastly worked at Tiffany Tie & Lumber for 23 years.
Merlin’s favorite hobbies were watching ball games, especially the Green Bay Packers. He also enjoyed NASCAR and old western movies on television.
Merlin was a kind, gentle and quiet man who was happy with a simple life and content with what he had. He had a huge heart and loved his family.
Merlin is survived by his brother, Donald Semb of Pigeon Falls; a sister, Selina Moen and a niece, Michelle Moen both of Melrose.
Merlin was preceded in death by his parents.
Private family services will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in Peace Lutheran of Pigeon Falls with burial in the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery both in Pigeon Falls with Pastor Mary Ann Bowman officiating. Public graveside services will be held at 1:45 p.m.
Visitation will be Friday, October 16, 2020 from 4-6 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall. Facial coverings and social distancing will be required.