Services for Mervin Wallingford



Mervin Wallingford, 92, of Bagley died peacefully surrounded by his family and his dog – Nellie, on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at his home in Bagley.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, MN.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.   


Merv was born on October 11, 1927 the son of William James “Jim” and Augusta (Branstner) Wallingford.  He grew up at Minerva attending Minerva Country School. In his early life, he worked in logging and saw milling with his family.  Merv entered the United States Army on December 5, 1950.  He served our country during the Korean War as a Combat Engineer.  He was honorably discharged on September 6, 1952.  Merv married Crystal Anderson on May 23, 1953 in Clearbrook and together they had four children; Steve, Lynn, Jack and Jill.  They later went their separate ways.  Merv started working for Lakehead Pipeline (now Enbridge Pipeline) on May 31, 1956. After 32 years of service, he retired from the pipeline on October 31, 1988.  He was a member of the Irvin Blix American Legion Post #16 of Bagley and also the Bagley Lions Club.  Merv was an avid hunter.  He loved to hunt anything; big game, waterfowl or whatever was in season.  He hunted many places, especially North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and home.  Merv shot his last buck, which was his biggest, when he was 89 years old.  He was also an avid fisherman, taking numerous fishing trips, particularly way up into Canada with many friends.  Merv also enjoyed golfing and bowling.  Merv’s property was the first place Clearwater County released Turkey’s into the wild, in which he was very proud.  Merv had a love for animals; conservation and wildlife was a great passion of his.


He is survived by his son – Steve (Mary Beth) Wallingford of Littleton, CO

Daughter – Lynn (Michael Erkes) Peal of Ramsey, MN

Son – Jack (Lorena) Wallingford of Bemidji, MN

Daughter – Jill (Mark) Olson of Bagley, MN

7 grandchildren – Kotchi, Allen, James, Anna, Krystal, Josh and Justin

7 great grandchildren


He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister – Jean Hallan. 


Merv’s family would like to thank Clearwater County Nursing Service and Clearwater County Hospice for the wonderful care and support they have given them through all of this. 


The family would prefer Memorials to the Irvin Blix American Legion Post#16 of Bagley, Clearwater County Nursing Service and Clearwater County Hospice.


Messages of condolence may be sent to

Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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