Merlin Kilty, age 81, passed away on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at First United Church of Christ in Colby. Pastor Teri Hanson presided. Inurnment followed at Colby Memorial Cemetery. Family and friends were welcomed from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby assisted the family with the arrangements.
Merlin was born July 4, 1935, the son of Melvin and Mayme (Bandow) Kilty, in Marshfield. He farmed in the Colby area until 1985. He became an adjuster for McMillan-Warner Mutual Insurance and worked there until his retirement. He married Donna Mae Treankler April 8, 1954. They later divorced.
Merlin served on many boards, often holding an officer position. He strongly believed in the value of education. He served on the Hillcrest Grade School Board, Colby School Board, Clark County Area School Board Association, CESA No. 6 Board of Control, Wisconsin School Board Association, Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control and the National School Board Association. He also served on the board of directors for Farm Business Association, Trinity Lutheran Church Council, McMillan-Warner Mutual Board of Directors and Abbotsford City Council.
Merlin is survived by his children, Debbie (Ron) Johnson of Batesville, Ind., Mike (Cheryl) Kilty of Abbotsford, Patrick (Debbie) Kilty of Colby and Mark (Bev) Kilty of Colby; ten grandchildren, Amanda (Justin Irwin) Johnson, Jake Johnson, Jen (Brad) Schumacher, Jeremy (Jess) Kilty, Sabrina Bruehling, Miranda (Bryan) Miranda, Jonathan Kilty, Benjamin Kilty, Krystale (Brandon) Bruesewitz and Kirsten Miller; and thirteen great-grandchildren, Landon, Hailey, Rylan, Cadence, Cameron, Chael, Hayden, Lamea, Carter, Braedan, Savana, Breckin and Boston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Miriam and Harley Johnson; and his former wife.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.