Obituary for Merlin Eggen

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Merlin Boyd Eggen, 86, of La Crosse, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2018 at his home. He was born on the family farm in Stevenstown, WI on February 3, 1932 to Milo and Juanita (Gerken) Eggen, and grew up on the lower end of French Island.
Merlin graduated from Logan High School , where he excelled as an All-State football player. He was president of his senior class. Later in life he was the treasurer of the Logan Booster Club and enjoyed organizing his class reunions. After graduation he enlisted and served in the United States Navy. He had a career in sales starting at Monarch Stoves and moved his family to New Hampshire. Upon returning to the Northside of La Crosse he went to work for Metropolitan Life, La Crosse Distributing, Heileman's Brewery, Holiday Wholesale and Geisers Chips. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and loved to get together with his friends and socialize. His favorite team was the Green Bay Packers. He and his girlfriend JoAnne also enjoyed occasional trips to the Black River Casino. In his later years he was intrigued with Native American History and enjoyed watching old westerns.
He is survived by his children, Dyan Eggen of La Crosse, Steve (Lucy) Eggen of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Dawn (Rick) Weber of Holmen and Tom Eggen of La Crosse. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chevy, Murilla, Ryane, Shane, Sage, Teresa and Benjamin, many great grandchildren, his close companion, JoAnne Hauser and his ex-wife, Helen.
He was preceded in death by his wife Myrle, his parents, and a brother Ralph.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street. Pastor Scott Skogen will officiate and burial with military honors will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Logan High School Booster Club. A full obituary and online condolences may be given to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.