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Merl R. Morrow, 70, while surrounded by family, lost a battle but won the war Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

Merl was born Jan. 26, 1947, to Roy and Sylvia (Herrick) in Jump River, Wis. Upon graduation from Chippewa Falls High School, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After the service he worked for many years in cable and telephone construction. He then became an over the road truck driver and retired in 2011.

He married Julie (Sneen) Meyer in 1977. They became licensed foster parents for a time and cared for infants and toddlers who were in the adoption process. He was a true baby whisperer and loved taking long naps with little ones in his arms. He was also a history buff and had a wealth of knowledge about World War I and World War II. Since retirement his main source of enjoyment was spending time with grandkids, baking, and experimenting with new recipes. His many friends were happy recipients of his baked goods.

Merl is survived by his wife, Julie; son, Werner (May) Skyba of Seoul, South Korea; daughter, Samantha (Jeff) Thomas of Deforest, Wis.; son, Chad Lissick of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; daughter, Emily (Brent) Dachel of Bloomer; his sister, Michele Morrow; and sister-in-law, Nancy Morrow. He is also survived by granddaughters, Nori, Julianne, Bethany, Kaitlynn, Alyssa, Sarah, and Grace; and grandsons, Reeden, Reece and Jonathon. He also has two great-grandchildren, Tiffany and Tucker; as well as nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Larry Morrow.

The family wishes to acknowledge the excellent care provided by Dr. Mohamed Muslim and the hospital staff at Sacred Heart Hospital. We’ll always remember your kindness.

A memorial service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Jacob’s Well in Lake Hallie, with a lunch to follow. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Internment will take place at a later date.

The family is being served by Chippewa Valley Cremation Services of Altoona, Wis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Veteran’s Housing Recovery Program (VHRP) at 2820 E. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls, Wis., 54729.

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