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July 19, 1987 – September 15, 2021

Jacob John Merges, age 34, of Cokato passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

He was born on July 19, 1987 in Waconia the son of John & Alicia (Sexton) Merges.

Jacob was baptized on September 20, 1987 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. He was also instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on May 6, 2001.

Jacob was employed in construction as a carpenter.

He enjoyed sports especially playing football, reading, thrifting, cleaning and the outdoors.  Jacob was very fond of his niece and nephews.

Survived by his parents: John (Susan) Merges of Eden Valley and Alicia (Mark) Rehmann  of Howard Lake; siblings: Jerime Lutgen, Justin Rehmann, Jared Merges, McKenzie Rehmann, Mitchell Merges, Olivia Merges and Maddison Merges; paternal grandmother: Mary Merges; maternal grandparents: Monica and David Nelson, Phillip and Linda Sexton, Loren Wegner, Dennis and Betty Rehmann; maternal great grandmother: Marian Jagodzinski; a niece and nephews: Reagan Merges, Harrison Rehmann and Dean Merges; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Frank Merges, uncles Andy and Duane Merges, maternal great grandparents Erwin and Delores Sexton, maternal great grandfather Dominic Jagodzinski.

A Memorial service for Jacob J. Merges will be held on Saturday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.   Pastor Mark Loder will officiate.   Inurnment will follow Holy Trinity Cemetery.

A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Saturday, September 25th beginning at 9:00 A.M.

Urn Bearers- Jake’s brothers: Jerime Lutgen, Justin Rehmann, Jared Merges, McKenzie Rehmann and Mitchell Merges.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to Chilson Funeral Home | Winsted MN

19 Guestbook Entries

  1. William Rehmann

    Sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Elaine & William Rehmann

    Our Deepest Sympathy to Jacob’s family.

    Our prayers are with you at this sad time.

  3. Theresa and Art Wemhoff

    My condolences to all the Merges family. Such a loss.

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  5. dennis Rehmann

    words do not seem to say enough so to the family we just have one long hug. Grandma and Grandpa Rehmann

  6. Jessica Gutzmann

    Jake was so loved. One of the nicest, sincerest guys I’ve known. Love and prayers to The Merges clan.

  7. Anne Hirsch

    I’m so sorry for your loss, devastating. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. 🙏❤

  8. Rick Fiecke

    So sorry to hear about your loss John. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Lori Eicher

    Omgoodness! John, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m even more sad that I never got to meet this young man. I pray for you and your family to find peace. I pray that God blesses you and your family and helps you all to find comfort in this very trying time❤️❤️🙏🙏😞😞

  10. Valorie Livingston

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for peace and love!

  11. Darrin Christenson

    I’m so sorry to hear this very sad news. Thoughts and Prayers go out to both John and Alicia and all the family.

  12. Jeff and Charlene Stromwall

    Prayers, Strength and love to you and the family.
    You are in our hearts
    They animals and both of us will always be there for you.

  13. Erica Arvidson

    Our hearts ache for you. May you feel the peace that only comes through our Savior! You are all in our prayers.

  14. Matt Stifter

    So sorry about this Mark & Alicia and everyone else in the family. My prayers have been for all of you since I heard about this.

  15. Patty L Ficker

    God bless Jake. May he Rest in Peace. My prayers are with you all!! 🙏❤🙏

  16. Becky Holmers (Kelley)

    I’m so sorry ❤ Jake was one of the sweetest soft spoken guys I’ve ever met. He will be missed!

  17. Marvin Fiecke

    God bless Jake. Rest in Peace.

  18. Tasha Votava

    The entire Merges/Rehmann family has my deepest condolences during this time of grieving. Love to you all

  19. Liv

    The purest soul of anyone i’ve ever known. Nothing but kind to everyone, especially complete strangers. You were the only person that could get all 6 of us siblings to sit down and shut up for hours on end, just so we could listen to all of your funny stories. The most handsome, gentle, funny and caring person.

    I wish you could’ve been able to see what I saw in you. I wish you had better people around you. I wish you could have seen the joy in life. I wish you had an easier hand dealt to you. I wish I could talk to you one more time. I wish I could hug you one more time. I wish I could hear just one more of your stories. I wish I didn’t have to spend the rest of my life missing you.

    I hoped for a better life for you, because out of everyone, you certainly deserved it.

    I was always proud to call you my big brother and that hasn’t changed. I feel so blessed to have been in your life and be your little sister.

    Love you big time buddy.

    – Liv


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