Merlin L. Waechter


Merlin L. Waechter, 81, of West Bend, was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

He was born on July 11, 1936, to the late Elmer and Lonie (nee Knuth) Waechter in Fond du Lac.  

He graduated from Northwestern Preparatory High School in 1954 and completed two years of college at Northwestern.  

Merlin lived in the Germantown and West Bend areas most of his life and spent winters in Fort Myers, Fla., for the last 17 years.

Merlin had many talents and provided well for his family.

Over the years, he was an electrician, farmer, over-the-road truck driver, business owner and home inspector.

Merlin was the type of man who was never going to officially retire and was working on Wallace Lake cutting weeds when God called him home.

We will fondly remember Merlin as a very generous person always willing to help others.

He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell stories while visiting with friends and family. 

Merlin made people smile. He also enjoyed hunting at “the shack” in Ladysmith, fishing and tending to his beautiful flower gardens.

Those Merlin leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife Loretta (nee Bandle); three children, Merlin (Julie) Waechter Jr., Joan (Pat) Finnell and Brenda (Todd) Faber; six grandchildren, John (Amanda) Waechter, Jennifer (George) Strauther, Stephanie Finnell, Nicole (fiance Dan Lang) Finnell, Patrick Finnell Jr. and Ayden Faber; 10 great-grandchildren, Alexis, Brooklyn, Grace, Dylan, Kody, Eliza, Persayus, Nathan, Sophia and Savannah; a sister, Carmen Glander; a brother, Richard Waechter; other numerous relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Ward (Shirley) Waechter and William Waechter, and a great-grandson, Lucas Waechter.

A funeral service in remembrance of Merlin will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2018, at Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Dr., West Bend.

The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Friday from 1 p.m. until the service.

Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Merlin’s arrangements.

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