Happy Birrhday Dad! I bet you get your favorite cake in Heaven! Glad you get to spend this birthday we all the loved ones you haven't seen for awhile. Love and miss you! I'm really happy though, because I know you are pain free and watching over us with love!
from your friends who knew you from cascade hardwood.... we miss you man.
Kathy, I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
MeLeana (Mary Ellen Kure)
I have so many good memories of dad. When I was 13 my dad died suddenly and dad (Merle) has filled that emptyness in my life almost from the first day I met him. My dad was very serious about life, Merle taught me to laugh when you did not feel like it. When Nicholas died he was there and helped with everything, and yes eventually we laughed and then cried. He was just always there with his wisdom and that smile and laugh that only dad had. Thanks for making life a lot more fun :-) See ya
Merle Agren was one of the nicest, kindest men I have ever met. I have such great memories of his family when they lived next door to me in Rio Dell, CA. I have wonderful memories of being lucky enough to visit them in Chehalis. I would have liked to have known him better and a lot longer. I will always have these memories of Merle and will always cherish them. God Bless and may he Rest in Peace.
After reading the commentary from friends and family there is a common theme regarding my father. Kindness, patience, love, humor and unselfishness, to name a few. I would also like to stress how humble he was as he was gifted in many other ways. (His conservative, mostly low profile side may have prevented him from fame and glory.) Since his illness and passing it has become apparent that others who did not know him well felt these same things almost immediately. As i pass the staff and residents at assisted care they come forth with great enthusiasm to say how much he was liked and how much he is missed.
My sister had to go back 57 years to recall him angry. Her memory is better than mine. I had some thoughts about that recently and could not recall even one time he was angry to me. There was cause to be and I'm sure he must have been(I can guarantee that). By the time I encountered his "concern" it was in the form only a gentle angel could present. Truely a gift few people have or are lucky enough to receive. I have been inspired by his wisdom for a long time and very blessed. I can guarentee you others have been as well. The golden rule was/is alive and well in Merle Agren. Others have prospered as a result of his life.
God surely blessed me and my brother and sister with an amazing dad. He was always very attentive, involved, and patient with us. The only time he would get angry with us was if there was defiant disobedience. I remember One time when I was five or six I had commited that offense. I knew it meant a spanking might be coming, so I hid under the
bed; he had to drag me out, then I wiggled and squirmed so much that he ended up getting the giggles. He said to me "I can't spank you when I'm laughing" then hugged me, and told me never do that again!
I recall so many nights when I was struggling with math homework. He was a math wiz and loved it, so didn't quite understand why it made me crazy, yet he patiently explained , sometimes for the whole evening, until I got it, and more importantly, felt better about myself.
There are so many things I could say but not enough room.
I felt safe, loved, and accepted with dad. I have nothing but wonderful memories. Thanks Dad, I'll always love you. See you later!
Merle was a wonderful brother to me. He paid me a nickel to get on his bike and learn to ride. i should have been paying him. As a child, I would tease him until he would get mad at me and then I would kee telling him he was going to laugh until he finally gave in and laughed. He disliked his vegetables and when mom wasn't looking he would cut them up in little pieces to make it look like ha had eaten them. He and Iris were dedicated to their three children and they turned out to be great kids (i have to remember "adults.")
Theirs was a marriage made in Heaven. I will miss him Now that I am the Patriarch of the Agrens, I have tough shoes to fill. Arvon
I'm so thankful to have had such a fun and loving man as my Grandpa.
My favorite memories of Grandpa are walking around his garden with him, helping him build bird houses, visiting Mt. Rainier & Mt. St Helens with him, playing card games together, listening to his stories and hearing his laughter and watching Seattle Mariners games together.
He was loyal and family centered, you always knew he was on your side. He was generous and patient. I remember once when I was young, accidentally pushing a wheelbarrow over some plants in his yard. I was scared he would be mad, but when I confessed I'd broken some of his plants he just knelt down and said, "I'd rather have a yard full of grandchildren than a yard full of flowers."
I love you Grandpa and you will be greatly missed!
Oh, and he also made the best pancakes! Whenever we came to visit he would always make a big pancake breakfast for my siblings and I and our cousins. We would eat them as fast as he could make them and he would be in the kitchen smiling and cooking, happy to be surrounded by his family.
Merle was always such a sweet and funny man. I remember he and Iris would often show up at our home as part of a Sunday drive. They would sit out back under the trees with my parents and Merle would laugh and laugh. He was never one for the spot light, but his presence was one of substance and kindness. I remember visiting him not long after he turned 80 and laughing at his humorous and self-deprecating jokes about getting old. Rob got to know Merle when they worked together and always spoke highly of him as a hard working, dependable man. Always charming with a world view of treating others with gentle respect, Merle was a unique, kind, centered man whose family was his universe. He left a mark here and a legacy in his children and their children.
Very grateful to have had this wonderful man, as my father. He was a hero to me for his service to his country, his love for my mother, and the honest hard working man that he was, and the never ending love for his children. Love you, Dad! I bet you are the best poker player, cribbage player, and story teller (well, maybe tied with Uncle Loren), there is in Heaven!
Merle was such a beautiful combination of sweet, funny, responsible and constant. That guy in the background, always doing the next right thing, never looking for a spotlight... truly an excellent example for both the young men and young women in the family. You were very much appreciated and will long be remembered.
I loved Uncle Merle. He was the best role model for a husband and dad. I always listened intently to his stories, but even more endearing was at times his chuckling got the best of him and it took longer to complete the story. Growing up with my cousins and spending time at the various homes they lived, Merle made me feel that it was my home too. He built picnic tables for his grandchildren, but included my girls as well. Thank you Uncle Merle for your kindness and the wonderful memories. Love, Debbie