MERLIN LEO STOCKING
Merlin Leo Stocking, age 91, passed away on March 1, 2017, at home in Brooklyn Park, MN. Merlin was born on August 22, 1925, in Spain, SD, raised in Britton, and graduated from Britton High School. A WWII US Army veteran (1945- 1946), he was a lifelong member of the American Legion. He worked with J C Penny in Britton from 1943 to 1951. He then began his banking career of 37 years with First National/Norwest, managing banks in Hecla and Milbank, before completing his career as manager of Real Estate Development in Aberdeen. Merlin held several leadership positions in banking and civic associations throughout these years. After retiring in 1988, he and Rita relocated to Maple Grove, MN, where they have enjoyed life with many family members and friends. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, he will long be remembered for his love of God, family, country, friends and sports. With a high energy and engaging personality, he enjoyed many friendships within his extended family, his banking relationships, his community and church. Merlin is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Rita Ann (Klinkhammer) Stocking; son, Nick (Deb) Stocking of Plymouth, MN; daughters, Jean (Jack) Clement of Orlando, FL, Julie (Bob) Mueller of Maple Grove, MN, and Joan (John) Randall of Wayzata, MN; son-in-law, Jim McCarty; seven grandchildren, Braden Wise, Jordan Crompton, Adam Clement, Cory Clement, Alexandra McCarty, John McCarty and Michael McCarty; brothers, Eugene (LaVonne) Stocking, Howard Stocking, Ronald (Jan) Stocking; sister-in-law, Rose Stocking. He is greatly loved and mourned by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by daughter, Kathleen McCarty; parents, Verne Stocking and Gertrude (Minnehan) Stocking; son-in-law, Steven Wise; sister, Vernice Blando; and brother, Bernard Stocking.