Merlin G. Trauger, 83, of Rothville, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Rothville Baptist Church with Rev. Brandon Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Mendon Cemetery with his grandsons serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the WMU Childrens Camp Fund at Rothville Baptist Church in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born July 14, 1929, in Nashua, Minn., he was the son of the late Guy A. and Ester Frokjer Trauger. On June 11, 1950, in Corwith, Iowa, he married Lois Masterson, who survives of the home. He was a retired farmer and had lived in the Mendon and Rothville area for many years. He was a member of Mendon Christian Church and attended Rothville Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Gerald (Jerry) Trauger of Delight, Ark.; a daughter, Audrey Stephenson of Rothville; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Beirm of Chesapeake, Va. He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.