Merle Denis Wilmes

21 January 1927–30 May 1995 (Age 68)
Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States

The Life of Merle Denis

When Merle Denis Wilmes was born on 21 January 1927, in Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States, his father, Nicholas Joseph Wilmes, was 36 and his mother, Clara Elizabeth Becker, was 30. He married Elaine Adeline Torgerson on 14 April 1951, in Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He registered for military service in 1945. He died on 30 May 1995, in Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Merle Denis Wilmes
Elaine Adeline Torgerson
Marriage: 14 April 1951
Merle Joseph Wilmes
Lynnette Rae Catherine Wilmes
Mark Steven Wilmes

Spouse and Children

14 April 1951
Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States


    Merle Joseph Wilmes


    Lynnette Rae Catherine Wilmes



Parents and Siblings



    Gerald Francis Wilmes



    Vincent Paul Anthony Wilmes


World Events (8)


Age 2

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1931 · The Prehistoric Minnesota Woman

Age 4

The Minnesota Woman was the name given to the skeletal remains of a woman thought to be 8,000 years old found near Pelican Rapids. The bones were brought to the University of Minnesota for more study. Later, Dr. Albert Jenks identified them as the bones of a 15 or 16 year old woman. Scientists now recognize the girl as someone whose ancestors were Paleo-Indian and now her skeletal remains have been reburied in South Dakota, not available for further study.
1945 · Peace in a Post War World

Age 18

The Yalta Conference was held in Crimea to talk about establishing peace and postwar reorganization in post-World War II Europe. The heads of government that were attending were from the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. Later the Conference would become a subject of controversy at the start of the Cold War.

Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Wilhelm .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Merle Wilmes in household of Nicholas J Wilmes, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Merle D Wilmes in household of Nicholas J Wilmes, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Merle D Wilmes, "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946"

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