Merle Raymond Kaldenberg died Aug. 25, 2021. He was 77.

Merle was happiest spending time in his woodshop making toys and crafts, being involved with the HAM radio, and watching the animals at the Rovers farm. His dry sense of humor was almost contagious. His honest and straightforward approach to life will forever be missed. He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important – the simplicity of living a life with those you love.

Merle was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Bakken; his wife, LaVonne (Bonnie) Kaldenberg; parents, George and Lena Kaldenberg and great-grandson, Hadley Arnett.

He is survived by his sister, Lenore Stencel (Mark) of Dresser; brother, George Kaldenberg Jr. of Beverly Hills, Fla.; stepson, Scott Kurtz of St. Croix Falls; stepdaughter, Shirley Loomis (Richard) of Amery; daughters, Shelley Kaldenberg (Edward Rovers) of Leetonia, Ohio and Katy Arnett (Eugene) of Superior; grandchildren, Elizabeth Kaldenberg, Nathaniel Lee, Melissa Deir-Leske (Jason), Heather Pranke (Austin), Rick Loomis, Levi Mattila, Zoey Dooley, Dalton Arnett; step-grandchildren, Christopher (Michelle), Brittany and Keith Arnett, Alexandra, Andrew and Emily Rovers and great-grandchildren, Elaina and Jazimean Deir-Leske and Gunnar Lane Mattila-Arnett.

A celebration of life will be Sept. 18 from noon to 2 p.m., at the Osceola Community Church, 2492 Education Ave., Osceola, followed by a short memorial service and then a graveside service at Wolf Creek Cemetery, 2427 River Road, St. Croix Falls.

Memorial donations can be sent to the Osceola Community Church.

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