Joseph Arvid Merkley, 79, died at the St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City on June 9, 1998 following complications from surgery.

He was born June 5, 1998 in Lapoint, UT, a son of Joseph Nelson and Mary Luella Swensen Merkley. He married his sweetheart, Oral Hall, March 28, 1940 in Mt. Dell, UT (also known as Dry Fork).Funeral services will be held Sat., June 13, 1998, 11 a.m. in the Ashley Maeser 3rd Ward LDS Chapel, 2575 North 1500 West, Vernal. Friends may call at Thomson's Vernal Mortuary Fri. evening, 7-9 p.m. and Sat. morning, 9:50 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery with Full Military Honors by the American Legion. Funeral Director, Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.

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