Merle John Duff

Merle John Duff, 68, of Eagan, passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on August 11, 2011.

Merle was born in Bemidji, Minn. on Nov.  22, 1942 to John and Clara Duff. He married Sandy (Kush) in 1962. After serving in the US Army for 4 years, he worked much of his life as a mechanic for Northwest Airlines. Merle also served as a volunteer firefighter for 17 years with the Eagan Fire Department. Mostly, he was known as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and family man.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his brother, Ray (Isanti).

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandy; brother Duane (Bemidji); children Alan and Louise (Isanti), Ron and Kathy (Rosemount), and Barb Wencel (Eagan); grandchildren (Jon, Katie, Hannah, Megan and Thomas) and step-grandchildren (Blake and Nathan).

A celebration of his life and potluck meal will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 2-4 p.m. at Starks Restaurant, 3125 Dodd Road, Eagan.