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Gale H. Merwin

Gale H. Merwin, a former resident of Prineville, age 87, passed away peacefully at his home in Amity, Oregon, on Tuesday, November 23, 2004.
   A memorial service was held on Tuesday November 30, 2004 at the Chapel of Macy & Son Funeral Home in McMinnville, Oregon, and on Friday, December 3, 2004 at 10 a.m. at Prineville Funeral Home in Prineville, Oregon.
   Gale was born in Springfield, Oregon, the son of Phillip Clark and Pauline Rodel Merwin.
   He was raised and schooled in Newberg, Ore., and went to work in Kalama, Wash., in 1931 doing various jobs.
   In 1936 he went to work for Polk & Talbot Sawmill in Yamhill.
   In 1937 he began operating a tugboat on the Willamette River on a commission basis for Albert Bernert Towing Company. He married Katherine Mabel Merwin in Oregon City on April 22, 1939; she died in 1992.
   Then he married Catherine "Billie" Jensen (a friend of over 40 years) at St. James Church in McMinnville on July 15, 1993. In 1941 he bought a cattle ranch in Post, Ore.
    In 1959 he moved to Post, where he managed his cattle ranch.
   He sold the ranch in 1986 and bought a ranch in Prineville, Ore.
   He liked fishing, hunting and ranching. He loved cracking walnuts.
   Mr. Merwin was a Past Vice President of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association; member of Crook County School Board; and lifetime member of Crook County Historical Society.
   He is survived by: his second wife Catherine Merwin; his sons John Merwin of Prineville, Ore., and Clark Merwin of Columbia City, Ore.; his sister Lola John of Salem, Ore., four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Merwin was preceded in death by his first wife Catherine Merwin of Amity, Ore., and two brothers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Crook County Historical Society or to the American Heart Association.
   Local arrangements are under the care of the Prineville Funeral Home.