Merlin Yosten

Merlin N. Yosten, 76, of Grand Island died on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Tiffany Square.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. The Rev. Todd Philipsen will be the celebrant. Burial will follow at Grand Island City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a 7 p.m. Christian wake service at Blessed Sacrament.

All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Delores; children, Brian (Tracy) Yosten of Cedar Rapids, Bruce (Pam) Yosten of Plainview, Col. Bernard (Kathy) Yosten of Auburn, Ala., Janice Schmidt Yosten of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Joyce Edwards of Quinlan, Texas; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Keith (Cathy) Yosten of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sisters, Rita Richtig of Schuyler, Jane (Denny) Podany of Columbus, Mary Clarke of Ankeny, Iowa, Sharon (Frank) Neal of Bellvue, Colo., Dianne (Steve) Hoenk of Columbus, Carol (John) Brown of Lincoln and Sandy (Steve) Abbott of Marquette.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Paul and Clara Yosten; brothers, Joseph and John “Jack;” and brothers-in-law, Leonard Richtig and DeWayne Clarke.

Merlin Nicolas Yosten was born Dec. 6, 1939, in Beemer, Neb., to John Paul and Clara (Glodowski) Yosten. He received his grade school education from District 21 and graduated from Clarkson High School in 1958. He was employed by Behlen Manufacturing Co. after graduation for a year and a half.

Merlin married Delores Marie Reznicek at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge, Neb., on Dec. 29, 1959. Five children were born to this union, Brian, Bruce, Bernard, Janice and Joyce. Merlin was a salesman for Rainbo Bread Co. when they lived in Schuyler for several years. As members of the St. Augustin’s Catholic Church, Merlin was a 4th Degree Knight. Rainbo transferred Merlin to Grand Island as a supervisor in 1967 and he worked for Rainbo for 20 years before retiring. In July 1979 he started working for Macklanburg-Duncan of Oklahoma City, Okla., as a factory representative for 20 years. In that time Merlin drove a million miles without an accident. He retired from Macklanburg-Duncan in July 1999.

Merlin’s hobbies were fishing with his family, hunting and classic cars. He owned a 1955 Crown Vic and attended many car shows and received many awards. He enjoyed traveling south for the winter with his motor home to Arizona and Texas.

His greatest enjoyments included his children, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was very proud of his children and their accomplishments in life. He also enjoyed being outdoors working in the garden and mowing his lawn.

He was a charter member of Resurrection Catholic Church, where he was on the Parish Council, finance committee and a trustee. Merlin and Delores transferred to Blessed Sacrament Church, where they were involved in the music ministry and sound system. They were also members of the Platt Duetsche and enjoyed listening and dancing to polka music.

Memorials may be designated to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

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