CULBERTSON -- Merle F. Dack, 87, died Thursday (Dec. 5, 2002) at the El Dorado Manor in Trenton.
He was born Oct. 31, 1915, to George and Ruth (Swanson) Dack in McCook. He grew up in McCook where he received his education.
On Feb. 26, 1941, he entered the U.S. Army where he served during World War II. He served two years in Panama and other tours in Germany, the United States and during the Korean Conflict. He retired from the military as a Chief Warrant Officer after 22 years.
On Dec. 31, 1944, he married Lena Snodgrass at Fort Riley, Kan. Following his retirement from the Army in 1963, they moved to Culbertson where he worked for the Frenchman Valley H & RW Irrigation District. He retired in 1992.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Oscar Dack, Carroll Dack, Bernard Dack, Lyle Dack and Donald Dack; and Elsie Skinner, Hallie McFarland, Mildred Schilleress, Laverne McFarland, Lois Kellogg.
Survivors include his wife, Lena of Culbertson; two daughters, Deborah Dack of Culbertson and Mary and husband, Felix Lacy of Titus, Ala.; four sons, Rodney Dack of Denver, Colo., Bernard Dack and wife, Jackie of St. George, S.C., Donald Dack and wife, Jeri of Bethel, Minn., and Merle "Pete" Dack of Culbertson; one sister, Betty Jean Frericks of Aurora, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside inurnment will be Thursday, 3 p.m., at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.
A memorial service will be Friday, 1 p.m., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Culbertson.
Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.