Merlin Dodge

Merlin Dodge, 76, of Altoona, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.

Merlin was born on April 29, 1943, in Rice Lake, Wis., to the late Russell and Adeline (Warner) Dodge. He attended and graduated from Chetek High School. On Nov. 14, 1964, he married the love of his life, Vickie Nayes.

Merlin spent the majority of his career managing at Coca-Cola and later at Bill’s Distributing. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed snowmobiling trips with his friends, ice fishing and stock car racing. Family was everything to Merlin, and he was very involved in their lives.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Vickie Dodge; daughters Teresa (Wayne) Dachel, Shelley Dodge, Rachel (Jason) Myers and Jessica Morgen; grandchildren McKenzie Dachel, Vanessa Morgen, Evan Fulghum, Alexander Myers and Blake Morgen; brother Robert (Mary) Dodge; sister LouAnn (Paul) Gilberts; and many other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Adeline Dodge.

Services will be held on Monday, Nov. 25, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Ave., Eau Claire, Wis., starting at noon.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until the start of services. A luncheon will follow the service. Pastor Christine Emerson will be officiating.Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at

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