Merlin Dwain Hebrink, age 89, of Renville died Friday, October 9, 2020, at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville. Private family services will be held at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church north of Renville. The Rev. Anna Williamson will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview in Renville. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Little Lambs Learning Center in Danube. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.
Merlin Dwain Hebrink was born on November 17, 1930, in Crooks Township in Renville County to Wilbur and Evelyn (Blokzyl) Hebrink. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. At a young age, Merlin purchased the International Harvester dealership in Wood Lake. He owned the implement for a few years and that is where he met his wife to be, Marjorie Markgraf. They were united in marriage on November 24, 1951, in Wood Lake. With farming in his blood, Merlin sold the dealership and returned to the family farm north of Renville. Merlin enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips with neighbors and relatives. When Merlin was able, he drove to town twice a day to have conversation with the coffee group at Bart’s Café. In his later years, he scaled back his crop and livestock farming operation and switched to vegetable gardening. He especially enjoyed growing gourds and pumpkins and sharing them with his grandchildren. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the “love” of his life. At every visit, he would ask how they were doing. Merlin was a very generous man.
Merlin is survived by his sons: James (and Pam) of Renville, and Curt (and Dawn) of Renville; nine grandchildren: Cherity (Alex) Perez, Derek (Christina) Hebrink, Ryan Hebrink (special friend Bobbi Jo), Jeremy (Megan) Hebrink, Cory (Skye) Hebrink, Nichole (Tom) Schultz, Dustin Bredeson (special friend Caitlyn) Courtney Hebrink (special friend Armando), and Michelle Hebrink; his great grandchildren: Sophia Perez, Cailynn Vait, Derek Hebrink, Jr., Scarlett Hebrink, Tristan Hebrink, Evelyn Hebrink, Cason Hebrink, Landon Hebrink, Morgan Hebrink, Jackson Hebrink, Connor Hebrink, Brinley Hebrink, Kara Bredeson, Khloe Bredeson, and Sebastian Fettig; his sisters: Helen Ann Landecker and Wilma (Ben) Anderson; also Dale Rhode of Belview, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marjorie, his sons Robert and Steven; his grandsons Daniel and Kyle; and his brother-in-law Myron Landecker.
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