Mervin was born at home on the quarter section his parents homesteaded. In fact, his birth certificate reads South West 2-24-18W1, Dauphin Municipality. He was truly a man of an earlier era. Mervin’s childhood was spent on the family farm in a world of horse-drawn equipment, cattle, and wood fires. He developed a resilience to weather, hard labour, and adventure that became the mainstay of his reputation as a man.
Mervin lived his whole life in the shadow of Riding Mountain, with the exception of a short time in BC and a winter spent clearing brush for a pipeline in Ontario in 1959. He left his family farm in the 1950s and drove a delivery truck in Dauphin, but rural life called him back and he purchased his own farm in Keld District.
Mervin loved to farm, hunt, go to dances, and especially to sing. Dropping in at the farm, you would often hear him singing before you saw him. His version of Eddy Arnold’s Cattle Call was a treat.
Mervin lived alone until marrying Eileen McCord on November 12, 1988.
With the help of the Hockridge family, he was able to keep a few head of cattle until his health forced him to retire. Melinda Van Buekenhout has been especially helpful to Mervin, and for that his family is deeply thankful.
Mervin spent his remaining years in the Dauphin Personal Care Home.
Mervin was predeceased by his wife Eileen, parents Ruby and Emerson Brook, brothers Clifford, Ronald, and Alvin, sisters Phyllis and Minetta, brother-in-law Alfred Lutz, and sister-in-law Verna.
Funeral Service was held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 am from Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin, MB with Pastor Howard Burnie officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, MB. Pallbearers were Shelley Mahoney, Mac Brook, Brad Hokridge, Josh Hokridge, Tommy Rawson.
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