In Memory of Max Merriman

Mass of Christian Burial

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Thursday January 14, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Gathering of family and friends

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday January 14, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

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Max Merriman, age 92 of River Falls, WI, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Friday, January 8, 2021. Max was born May 26, 1928 in Pierce County to Arvia and Inez (Roatch) Merriman. He went to school in Ellsworth with the Class of 1945. At the age of 16, he began working at the Ellsworth Creamery among various other jobs before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, following the footsteps of his older brothers in the armed forces. After living in Milwaukee, WI for a short time he was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Johnson in River Falls, WI on November 27, 1948. Their marriage was blessed with two children Gwen and Lila. Max worked for 35 years at Andersen Windows in Bayport, MN before retiring in 1987.
Max was a devoted family man, who enjoyed hunting, camping, the Saddle Club, UWRF and high school football games with the “Chain Gang”, traveling, stopping at casinos, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of St. Bridget Catholic Church, as well as devoting 62 years to Legion Post 121. Max leaves behind a great example of hard work and love for his family.

Max will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of 72 years, Betty; daughter, Gwen (Jim) Paulson of Hudson, WI; grandchildren, Chad Sequin, Jess Seguin, and Travis (fiancé Alyssa) Paulson; Rhonda (John) Jensen of Ellsworth, WI, and Aaron (Shelly) Clay of River Falls, WI; Great-grandchildren Teagan Seguin, Jaxson, Michael, Arti, Brookston Seguin, Olivia Jensen, Madisyn, and Gavin Clay; Step grandchildren, Aaron (Jessica) Paulsen and family and Andy (Emilee) Paulsen and family; Jaelynn and Hope; brother, Everal “Bud”, brother in law Dwayne “Tom” Johnson and friend Jo, and many other friends and neighbors. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Lila, siblings Lee “Putt”, Bill, Rex, Mavis, Donna Jean, twin sister Maxine, Monie, Merlin; mother and father-in-law Lyle and Margaret Johnson; and brothers-in-law, Norbert “Bud” and Lyle Junior “Hop”.

Mass of Christian Burial for Max will take place at 2:00p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division St., River Falls, with Fr. Gerald Harris officiating. A visitation (respecting social distancing and encouraging the use of masks) will take place beginning at 1:00 p.m. until the start of Mass at church. The service will also be live-streamed on St. Bridget YouTube channel, Pallbearers assisting with the services will be his grandchildren. Private interment will take place at St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery following mass. Memorials are preferred to St. Bridget Catholic Church, Legion and Auxiliary Post 121, and Adoray Hospice of Baldwin. A Celebration of Life will also take place this spring/summer. Date to be determined. A special thank you to Max’s hospice nurse Cate and aide Martina.
Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.

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  • Great memories of Betty and Max and
    My parents Darl and Dorie Hoffman, and
    Chain gang friends and Johnson friends.
    God bless you Betty and your family!

  • Betty and family. I am so sorry for your loss. It was wonderful working with Max at church on donut Sunday. He always had a smile and joke. He will be greatly missed but what wonderful memories you all have. He is with his beloved daughter again. Prayers 💞

  • Betty and family: So sorry to hear of Max’s passing. Such a nice, kind and happy man. You have a wonderful and great lifetime of memories. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Betty and Gwen,
    Max was always generous with a smile, laugh and hug for me as a distant relative. I have many good memories of him and you over the years. God’s blessings to you at this time; my mom and dad were there to greet him and that makes me smile.

  • Betty and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Max was a very loving, caring
    and kind man, always had a smile and loved a good laugh.
    I will cherish the memories we shared at family gatherings
    Betty you are in my thoughts and prayers