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Jeffrey Paul Merrigan

February 17, 1955 March 17, 2017
Jeffrey  Paul Merrigan
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Obituary for Jeffrey Paul Merrigan

Worthington, MN

Jeffrey Paul Merrigan, age 62, was born February 17, 1955, in Vermillion, South Dakota. He was number thirteen of thirteen children born to Earl and Hazel Merrigan. He went to Garryowen country school #44 and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1973. He farmed until 1982. From 1982 - 1985 he was in the Army in Korea and North Carolina. In 1990 he graduated from the University of South Dakota with an Elementary and Special Education degree. He married Ellen Baker from Sioux Falls in 1990. They lived and taught in the Lead-Deadwood, South Dakota area until 1993. In 1993 they moved to Worthington, Minnesota, where they both taught school.
On February 1, 2000, Stewart was born, and on April 11, 2002, Sullivan was born. Jeff retired from teaching in 2010. Jeff was a good husband and father. He was very involved with his sons. He was very proud of their academic and athletic achievements. He was most proud of what fine young men Stewart and Sullivan have become. They put other peoples' feelings before their own, and are very kind to all they meet.
Jeff always missed the land. He was proud to have served in the military. With Ellen's help he got through college and had a teaching career.
He was thankful for his good friends along the way. His high school friends remained important to him throughout his life. His one Army friend was a rock who Jeff turned to in difficult times.
It was wonderful being from a big family. Jeff had great memories of his brothers and sisters. Jeff died at his residence on Friday, March 17, 2017.
Left to carry on his life are his sons Stewart and Sullivan, his ex-wife Ellen, his siblings Virginia (Ed, deceased) Hartmann, Vernon, Stanley (Carolyn), Elizabeth, Ethel (Bill Northwall), Jim, Margaret (Warren, deceased) Smith, and JoAnn. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers Maurice and Sterling (sister-in-law Dorene), sisters Jeannie Girard and Mary (brother-in-law Terry) O'Neil, and many other family members.
Jeff was much loved, and will be sorely missed by family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 10:30 am, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Worthington, MN, with Father Jim Callahan officiating. A visitation will precede the Mass, beginning at 8:30 am. Mass will be followed by military honors, and then a luncheon at the Church. A private family burial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Love Inc. of Worthington.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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Visitation

Thursday

23

Mar

8:30 AM 3/23/2017 8:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 3/23/2017 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1215 7th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1215 7th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Thursday

23

Mar

10:30 AM 3/23/2017 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1215 7th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1215 7th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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