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Merval was born in Camrose, Alberta to Arnt & Mildred (Millie) Skoglund. He grew up on the family farm near Kingman, Alberta and attended Kingman School and Salem Lutheran Church. He enjoyed all sports, playing softball and hockey; he especially enjoyed Kingman skating parties! As a young adult, he loved to attend Candlelighters & youth events at CLBI with his buddies. He worked on the family farm with his dad & brother.
On January 23, 1970, he was asked by Ray Hansen to be a substitute for a blind-date he’d set up for a lovely young woman - Donna Elizabeth Kvill. On June 27, 1970, Merval wed the love of his life and so the next chapter of his life began.
Family was everything to Merval and he couldn’t wait to have his own kids to love. Merval became the proud dad to 2 girls followed by 2 boys: Heidi (Darin) Winder, Tammy (Sherwin) Ward, Noel (Kristin), and Tim (Channy). His pride and joy became his 8 granddaughters: Nissa & Anika Winder; Elisa, Aphia, & Blyss Ward; Aurora Skoglund; and Tessa & Tierion Skoglund.
Merval wanted to raise his family with a farming work ethic and farm living. They lived on a Dairy farm where Merval’s love of all animals meant there were many horses, dogs, cats, sheep, and even a couple hamsters! In the summer of 1986, the family moved to Camrose where he worked at many jobs to provide for his family: bricklaying, construction, steel mill, truck driving, and handyman.
The past few years, in spite of his own health issues, Merval took joy in simple things: his family, his dog (Bella), his friends, helping his neighbours, going to men’s Bible study, and sharing his complete faith in Jesus.
Merval was predeceased by his brother, Arne Milo, his parents Arnt & Millie Skoglund and his parents-in-law Palmer and Florence Kvill, as well other members of both the Skoglund and Kvill families. He is survived by his siblings: Greta (Arnell), Ellen, Arne (Joyce), and Diane, long with his Kvill sisters-in-law: Caroline, Rose, Priscilla (Gil), Grace, & Sharon; numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many friends who were like family.
Memorial donations may be directed to Resurrection Lutheran Brethren Church, Kingman Cemetery, or a charity of your choice.
A viewing will take place on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 1:00pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Brethren Church. Following the viewing a funeral service will be held at 2:00pm.
For those unable to attend in person, a livestream will be available the day of the service.
Please follow the link posted below for livestream details.