Merle James Petron

Merle James Petron

Was born on December 14, 1934 in Kelliher, Minnesota to William and Hulda (Benson) Petron. He lived in Kelliher and Alaska. He passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, Minnesota, of pneumonia, while vacationing.

He joined the Air Force during the Korean War, hauled freight on the Alcan, worked road and airport construction and hauled fuel with a tanker-pup combination. The oil spill and stranded Denali climbers led to long days in the fuel truck. He liked camping trips with the kids, watching the light change on the mountains, keeping tabs on road improvements, recreational driving, hiking the bike trail and attending Kyushu Gypsy (6461st Carrier Sq.) reunions.

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Survivors include his wife, Grace; Daughters Gwendolyn (Mike) and Jennifer; Son Raymond (Kristen); Granddaughters Lillie and Alexandra; Grandsons Kyle and Benjamin; Nieces; Nephews; Cousins; Friends and Neighbors.

Kiehl Mortuary of Palmer and Cease Funeral Home of Bemidji handled arrangements. Ashes will be spread at Beyers Lake and Lazy Mountain, Merle’s favorite places, with a small receptacle in the Fairview Cemetery.

A celebration of life was held at the Kelliher Community Center on Thursday, July 11th and one planned at the Palmer Depot, at 2:00pm on August 18th, 2019.

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