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Merlin D. Halm, 78, of Grand Island, died Saturday, April 14, 2012
at Saint Francis Medical Center with his family at his side.
Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21 in All Faiths
Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Gary Schulte will officiate. Military
honors will be provided by United States Air Force. Burial of ashes will be in Grand Island City Cemetery at
a later date.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Darlene; son and
daughter-in-law, Rodney and Deb Halm of Grand Island; daughters and son-in-law,
Debra and Kyle Holloway of Ord and Brenda Lee Halm of Grand Island; brothers
and sisters-in-law, Robert and Judy Halm of Central City and Gary and
Arlene Halm of Phillips; and sisters and brother-in-law, Berniece Hiner
of Grand Island and Joyce and Jack Tuma of Lincoln.
He is also survived by six grandchildren and their spouses, Brandon
and Carlene Halm, Corey and Aiko Halm, Megan and Oscar Corona, Heather
and Garland Krabbenhoft, Brian Oistad and Miles Enyeart and his fiancé,
Amanda Jo; ten great grandchildren, Victoria, Xavier, Maxximus, Nicholas,
Alex, Ethan, Sydney, Dayten, Cameron and Chloe and several nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorthy Hiner and
a brother, Kenneth Halm.
Merlin grew up and attended school in Scotia. He was united in
marriage to Darlene Faye Janicek on February 28, 1953 at Clay Center.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force on March 17, 1953. Merlin’s
military career began in basic training at Lackland AFB in Texas. He
was stationed at Amarillo, TX, Salinas, KS, Lincoln, had an overseas
tour from 1965 to 1967, in the Philippines, and returned to Rapid
City, SD. After twenty years in the U.S. Air Force, Merlin
retired Master Sergeant on June 30, 1973. After his
discharge, Merlin was employed for the US Postal Service in Lincoln. The
family relocated to Grand Island in 1974 and Merlin was manager of Colonial
Square Apartments for twenty years.
Merlin was a member of the Grand Island VFW and the Air Force Sergeant
An avid gardener, Merlin was meticulous with his yardwork. His
enjoyments also included fishing and Husker football. A wonderful
and caring family man, Merlin greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and great
Memorials are suggested to GRACE Foundation (Grand Island Area Cancer