Mervin Meidinger passed away on June 3, 2022, at the age of 85. He was born on February 5, 1937, in Terry, Montana, the eldest of 11 children born to Aaron and Emma Speidel Meidinger. He was raised and attended school in Marsh, Montana. The family moved to Ismay in the early 1950’s. He attended school there until boarding out to attend his Sophomore and Junior years of high school in Glendive, Montana. He attended his senior year at CCHS in Miles City, Montana graduating in 1955. After graduating he worked construction, working on many of the roads in Eastern Montana.
Mervin and Sherran Brewer Witcher were married on July 24, 1965, and he became a dad to Jeff and Donna Witcher. Shawn Kevin joined the family on December 29, 1966. Mervin did custom haying and local harvesting as well as truck driving. He and his brother Leon operated the bar above the Range Riders.
In 1971 Mervin and his brother Jerry headed south to begin custom haying. Mervin liked the Stratford, Texas area and that became his career. The family moved down in 1974 and remained there until the later 1980’s when Sherran’s health began to fail. The family lived in Kinsey for a while, later moving into Miles City. Sherran passed in 1993. Mervin and Shawn continued living in Miles City during the winter, heading south at harvest time.
While living in Texas vacations were taken during the off season. On one of these vacations Mervin had the opportunity to go deep sea fishing. Mervin liked to travel and go to different places and took advantage of these vacation times.
Mervin and Dorothy Wegner Pelvit were married on February 14, 1998. He continued harvesting during the summer and drove taxi in the winter.
In 2006 they quit following the harvest cycle around Stratford. Mervin would go for harvest but came home when the harvest was complete, sometimes going back in the fall. Mervin and Dorothy enjoyed going to the dances and functions at the Drop In Center. He was an active RSVP volunteer until 2021 working wrestling and basketball tournaments and wherever he was needed. Mervin enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling with friends, family gatherings, coffee times and visiting.
Mervin is survived by his wife Dorothy of 24 years, son Jeff (Anna) Witcher, daughter Donna (Aubrey) Spear, son Shawn (Audra) Meidinger; brothers Jerry, Kenny (Diane), Leroy (Lori), Clinton (Beva); sisters Josephine Meidinger, Cheryl Klang; brothers-in-law John and Dick Brewer; Dorothy’s sons Brian (Maggi) Dice, Darrell and Jason (Alysia) Pelvit. Mervin is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mervin was preceded in death by his parents Aaron and Emma; sister and brother-in-law Daphine and Lyle Fiechtner, sister Sharon Prince, sister and brother-in-law Judy and Bud Walker, and brother Leon.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to a charity of your choice in honor of Mervin.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Miles City. Interment will follow at the Custer County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.