Merl R. Lindsey

Merl R. Lindsey

Merl passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at his home in Otsego.

He was born July 16, 1950 in Plainwell, the son of Carl and Dorraine (Denslow) Lindsey. Merl served his country in the US Army during Vietnam. For 35 years he owned and operated Lindsey Appliance Service. In his spare time he enjoyed farming especially growing corn and soybeans. More than anything Merl loved his family and no matter how busy he was he always made time to lend a helping hand or attend events for his grandchildren. On September 19, 1970 at Otsego United Methodist Church he married Sue Ann Kelsey who survives.

Also surviving are his 3 sons, Eric (Brenda) Lindsey, Kyle (Stacey) Lindsey and Cory (Ashley) Lindsey; 6 grandchildren, Zoey, Madison, Emma, Alyssa, Nolan and Owen; a special niece, Shelly (Chris) Turley and their children, Steven Kendra and Ryan; 3 brothers; 2 sisters along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Dorraine Lindsey.

Friends may visit with Merl’s family Friday, July 24, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Merl may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the charity of your choice.

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  1. Colleen Ziemer says:

    Sue and Family, So sorry to hear about Merl. He will be greatly missed. You all are loved by many and you know you can call on any of us any time for anything. Love, Colleen

  2. Kenley and Carl Ramsey says:

    We are so sorry for the families loss. Always enjoyed our talks about family and just life in general as Merl was fixing many of our appliances in our home or in our rental homes he would go take care of. Always talked of his family and the joys spending time with them would bring him.

  3. Paul & Kim Gagneur says:

    Kyle, Stacey, Sue and the entire Lindsey family our hearts hurt for you. Mr. Lindsey was a wonderful man. You sure could tell that his family came first. I am so grateful that you were able to share a fun day with them at Hofmaster Park last weekend, what wonderful memories you will have. May God wrap his arms around you all and we pray for comfort in the coming days.

  4. Dr. Jeff and Cheryl Taylor says:

    We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Merle’s passing. We pray for peace and comfort for all of the Lindsey family. We will miss his smiling face and his happy personality.

  5. Neil and Sue Browne says:

    What a shock!!! He was such a wonderful man with such a fabulous sense of humor!!!
    Our sympathy and prayers to his family

  6. Lee and Diane Boysen says:

    We are so stunned and deeply saddened to hear of Merle’s passing. Just talked to him a few days ago about an appliance issue. What a nice man he was. Honest, friendly, dependable and knew everything about the business. I could always trust Merl to do the best by us. Merl could tell you everything about any appliance problem you had and he knew how to fix it. I had complete faith in him. We are sending our most sincere sympathies to the entire family. Merl was a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. We are so sorry.

  7. Nyla Metrill says:

    So saddened to hear this. Merl is in all my school class pictures. As farm kids we had a lot in common. We spent many an hour on the school bus. He was one of the nicest, kindest, good guys I had the pleasure to grow up with. I am so sorry Sue, and will be thinking of you and your family. God bless.

  8. Paul & Patti Koestner says:

    Dear Lindsey Family;
    Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you. Merle has worked on almost all of our appliances. He was so proud of his beautiful wife, children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers. May your precious memories help you through this most difficult time and always.

  9. Terri Shaler says:

    Like anyone who had the pleasure to know or meet Mr. Lindsey his passing came with such sad news. My heart and prayers go out to his family and wife. On several occasions he came to our food pantry at Christian Neighbors in Plainwell to fix our cooler and freezers. Actually he was just there a few weeks ago. Never did he charge us for parts or his time. He was such a gift to us and to our community.

    He was honest, funny, and when you closed the door behind you leaving Mr. Lindsey at your home or business you knew you would come home to a working appliance and he would eventually send you a bill (except at the pantry). He often talked about his family and grandchildren. He will be missed. There will never be another Mr. Lindsey. May God be close to your family and bring you a sense of peace that can only come from God.

  10. Terry & Robin Kelsey says:

    We are deeply saddened to hear about Merle’s passing. He was the life of the party and will be greatly missed. Sue and the boys will be in our prayers. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and his great and wonderful personality .And will miss his smiling face. Hugs to the family.

  11. Nyla Merrill says:

    So saddened. Merl and I spent many years riding the school bus together. He is in most my school group photos. He was one of the kindest, nicest guys I was lucky enough to grow up with. Condolences and prayers to Sue and the family.

  12. Otsego Resident says:

    Mr. Lindsey was just at my home on a service call maybe a month ago. He has been here previously, and he was the best in the business. He was fair, trust worthy and he always took his time. He was exactly the type of person that I would like to do any business with. I will be sending love and prayers for his family. Thank you Merl for being awesome at what you did!


    An appreciative Otsego resident with appliance issues

  13. Sherry Hanson says:

    I was shocked. & saddened to see about Merl’s passing. I have known him from riding the bus to school and less than 2 weeks ago he was fixing my daughters dryer. & I came in and we talked & laughed – . He was always a kind & gentle soul. Me deepest sympathy to Sue & sons & family. He was a good man & will be missed by many.

  14. Todd Allen says:

    Shocked and saddened by the loss he will be greatly missed I first met him while working at Curtis Trailer Sales with your dad Fred we all had a blast working with him again sorry for your loss

  15. cheryl fritz says:

    I just really can’t believe it. he loved his family so much and was so in love with sue. always made me laugh with his crazy jokes.

  16. cheryl fritz says:

    I just really can’t believe it. he loved his family so much and was so in love with sue. always made me laugh with his crazy jokes.

  17. Dave & Lesa Sanchez says:

    We are so sorry to hear this, Merl was just at our house less than a month ago and seemed WONDERFUL. My husband had just had knee surgery and they were joking about Age and Recovery. Peace be with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  18. Duane VerHage says:

    So sad to hear of Merl’s passing. Carolyn and my sympathy to Sue and the family. I’ve known Merl since seventh grade. I always enjoyed chatting with him when he worked on our appliances. Happy, honest and trustworthy. The very best at what he did. He will be missed.

  19. Sarah Clemens and Family says:

    Keeping the Lindsey family in our thoughts and prayers, we were so saddened to hear of his passing. Wise and wonderful man! Heaven won’t need a repairman now that it has THE BEST !!

  20. David Boulter says:

    To the Lindsey family: I am really sorry for your loss. Merl was one of the good ones. We still have a dishwasher that is running on spare parts that Merl found in his shop. My father was in the same business and I talked to him about how I should have learned at my father’s side. He said, “If you had, than I wouldn’t be fixing your dishwasher.” And… I would probably have not met Merl. He will be missed.

  21. Joyce & Dan McClellan says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Sue and the Lindsey family. Merl was such a Blessing to so many people with his knowledge and expertise. He will be deeply missed. GOD BLESS.

  22. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Sue and Family,
    We are so sad to hear of Merl’s death. He was such a happy guy, always had a story to tell about his experiences! He was just at our house to fix our dryer, he came right over! Please know that he is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! Prayers to all of you, Merl will be missed by the whole community.

  23. Ron and Nancy Feniger says:

    We were shocked. and saddened to see about Merl’s passing. He always had a smile on his face, a great story to tell and always a kind word for everyone. He was a great guy, honest as the day is long, and never saw an appliance he couldn’t fix. He will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him. Our deepest sympathy to Sue and family.

  24. The Marshall Family says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Mel’s passing. He was a wonderful man that contributed much to our small community. When Merl left your home you knew it was a done deal and his work didn’t need to be repeated. He was a very honest and kind man who will be missed by all. Our prayers go out to you and your family at this time.

  25. Jim and Patti Hewitt says:

    To the Merle Lindsey family: What a shock to learn of Merle’s passing. So very sorry for your loss. He was a kind man who quietly and skillfully fixed appliances. (In our case, it was our dishwasher, a couple of years ago). Not only has your family suffered this great personal loss, but this community has lost their appliance repairman. Many hearts go out to you in sympathy.

  26. Pat Filkins says:

    Surely if the were a Andy of (Otsego )Mayberry, Merl would be a star in the show. Merl was what growing up in a small town represents. Everyone knew him, and loved having him come to repair their appliances. His stories were always great, and his word always true. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, and am sending prayers to his family. May the fond memories help ease his passing. God has taken a wonderful angel home.



  28. Larry & Kathy(Dutton) Meert says:

    So sorry to learn of Merls death. Our heart filled sympathy goes out to you & your family. Praying Gods peace will surround you in the weeks ahead.

  29. penny pulver browning says:

    Sue & boys & family, i think the world hiccuped a bit when Merl left. Words that come to my mind are, Yup. Smile. Nope. Yup. Smile. Eyes twinkling. Honesty. Integrity. Moral. Gracious. Jokey. Wonderful Dad. Totally In Love With Sue. (Did you two lovebirds ever date anyone else?)

  30. Jim & Marie Tungate says:

    Dear Lindsey Family: Merl was much more than an appliance repairman, he was a Goodwill Ambassador to the community, who spread joy and friendship to all he knew. He was always there to help repair our appliances, but never too busy to tell a funny story or spread his humor to all he came to know. Losing Merl must be devastating to his family, as it is to our family, and the community he loved, and was loved back. Rest in peace our dear friend, you will be missed, but always remembered.

  31. Laraine Alexander says:

    So sorry to hear about Merl,he has always put smiles on everyone’s faces. Good memories with merl in my kitchen telling stories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

    Steve & Laraine Alexander

  32. Larry & Kathi Fuss says:

    Shocked and saddened upon hearing of Merl’s passing!! Such a wonderful and fun person!! We never worried about calling him when we had a problem! Enjoyed his stories and his humor! He will SO be missed by so many!!

  33. Ken, Chris, Allison & Brent says:

    Lindsey Family, Our community has lost a valuable member. Calling Lindsey Appliance for in home repairs, you know the man showing up to help you out was one of honesty, integrity and man did he know what he was doing.
    God’s peace and blessings to all of you.

  34. Geo & Gail Johnson says:

    We were very saddened, and surprised, to see that Merl passed. He was just at our home in April doing a repair on our washer and refrigerator. We talked and laughed a lot all the while he was doing the repairs. We are going to miss Merl, and his service to our community. May God bring comfort to the family in this time of loss.

  35. Timothy & Judy Gates Hayes says:

    So sad to hear about Mr Lindsey. What a wonderful, caring, giving and loving man… I loved his humor and his stories. You could see the twinkling in his eye when he spoke of you Sue. The love he has for his whole family was amazing. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. The heavens are partying now with a great person that just entered. He has left behind many people that will truly miss him. Keep the memories close to your heart and he will be with you always. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  36. So sad to hear that Merl has passed. Kind and gentle man. He was our service friend. He always came when you needed him . He always asked how my elderly mom, Vawn, was doing, she got such a kick out of him.
    Our hearts go out to your family at this sad time.

  37. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Our thoughts and sympathy go out to the Lindsey family. Merl worked on a few of our appliances over the years and was always so much fun to talk to. He was such a caring man and knew so much about his trade. He will truly be missed by this community, that’s for sure. We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts are most certainly with all of you. We hope that your special and fond memories will help guide you through the coming months and years. Take care now.

  38. Mark & Marilyn Abernathy says:

    Mark and I were shocked and then greatly saddened to hear of Merl’s passing! Getting our appliances repaired will never be the same. We will greatly miss his smile, the twinkle in his eyes when he could share a family story or share a silly joke or two and most of all his ability to make you feel like you were truly one of his dear friends whom he treated with respect, honesty, integrity and left us knowing and feeling he had taken great care of us and our appliances with a few good laughs along the way.You will be greatly missed Merl! R.I.P. dear friend!

  39. Debbie and Tom otte says:

    I just had Merl fix out refrigerator,so had a nice visit with him more than once. What a talent he had. We loved talking to him when he would come to the house. He had such a great personality . We have had him as a friend for many years and will miss him. He would always talk about his family the grandkids. Sorry we won’t be able to make the visitation, Sorry for you loss.

  40. Larry & Jan Myers says:

    Larry & I were very saddened to hear of Merl’s passing. I’ve know
    Merl most of my life as well as Sue and will be pressed hard to find
    another man as honest and trustworty as he was. He was a wise,
    caring and hard working man. This community will be missing him
    immensley. We wish Sue and the family peace and comfort and
    hope that time will heal their broken hearts.

  41. Lydia Hutchens says:

    What an awful shock! My sincere sympathies to the Lindsey family. Merl always shared a funny story or two every time he came to work on our appliances. He was honest and I never worried about leaving him to finish a job if I had to go somewhere before he was finished. He did great work and took pride in doing “an honest day’s work for an honest wage”. Our family will really miss him! Our community has suffered a significant loss. May God comfort his family and friends as only He can.

  42. Bill Osting { Sundberg America appliance parts } says:

    I worked with Merl for many years supply him with the parts he needed, we became friends over the phone, we laughed and worked out problems together, it was always a pleasure when he would call in to ask something. I will surely miss him and I truly feel your Loss. May you find piece in knowing truly Merl was a special person.

    With Respect,
    Bill Osting

  43. sally,Thaxton,Betzner says:

    Prayers with your loss, everyone surely liked Merl

  44. Emily Mills says:

    Each of the previous posts describe Merle perfectly. He was a talented man and a great asset to us homeowners in the area. My family and neighbors used his expertise many times over and always left a conversation with him smiling. I loved his stories and that special smile he always had when he talked about his love for his family. RIP Merle and give my dad a hug for me. You can talk about their 65 year old refrigerator you fixed with your magic skills …… To Sue and family, so sorry for your loss of this wonderful man.

  45. Tim and Diane McPherson says:

    To the Lindsey family
    After reading many of these post there is a common thread in all of them Honest, Trustworthy , Knowledgable, Funny, Loving. How sad you must be yet what pride you must feel knowing so many people held your husband and father in such high regard. Our Deepest Sympathy

  46. Ruth (Lindsey) Peterson says:

    I am so sorry to have read that Merle had passed away. Merle was so well thought of that you can rest assured he will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    While related we were not close. If we met on the street we would not have recognized one another. My father was Elbert, one of the sons of Irving and Alice Lindsey (Willard, Julia, and Elbert were others in that generation.) I am the last one of that generation of the Lindsey clan because I was so much younger than the “boys”. Lavern Lindsey was my half brother, the others in that generation were Carl, Norman and Irving Myers, and Lavern. At one time the line of Lindsey families along Star Road (the name before it was renamed) covered several farms. .

  47. Pete and Lynn Hamman says:

    We’re sorry to hear the news of Merl’s passing. Our hearts ache for his family. He was our favorite go to guy for any home appliance repair I”ve ever had for the last 30 years! And my husband and I couldn’t help but chat and enjoy all his funny stories. He will surely be missed!
    And there will never be another like him.

  48. Brian Shaff says:

    Kyle, Tricia and I are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  49. Becky Blaine says:

    What a great man. He was trustworthy and hardworking. Loved his advice and stories! My prayers for the family.
    With deep sympathy

  50. Jerry and Judy Kline says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lindsey family. My wife Judy and I were so sad to hear of Merl’s passing.

    We had only met Merl once, as he was recommended by a friend to make repairs to our dryer. We immediately thought, “What a great guy!” Not only did he show me how to repair my dryer should the same parts wear out again (Merl said, “And they will wear out again”), he also gave me the confidence to tackle my ice-maker plumbing issues on my own. I’ve never had much of a knack for plumbing. Thank you Merl! Our ice-maker has never made better ice cubes.

  51. Judy and Glenn edtep says:

    There is nothing more I can say about Mr. Lindsey that hasn’t been said. He was a great man that adored his family. That in itself says a lot. He always had a story about one of them. He was so proud of each of you! Thank you for sharing him with all of us. We feel blessed just knowing him but his heart was yours. We pray for peace for the family during this time. This community lost a great man.

  52. Chris wolthuis says:

    I’m sorry for your loss..he was such a great man! I grew up with Kyle and Corey and have many fond memories of him…he had a great sense of humor…He was one of a kind

  53. Becky & John Halloran says:

    By now you all know how much of an impacted Merl had on this town & all the friends that he has helped through the years………He was the only repair man I enjoyed coming to the house. We had a standing joke……….I told him once ” did ya get my Memo” he said “for what?” I said it read he was not able to retire till I was gone.We had a good laugh about it, Also everytime he came I had to tell him my dishwasher was still working that he had fixed almost 15 yrs. ago with a paper clip, As he always would say ” that is some tricks of the trade” Thanks Merl for not only being the best repair man But the best of the best!!!! always made you clients glad to see you……………….

  54. John & Diane Glessner says:

    Dear Sue and family,

    Our daughter, Gina, just called us last week to get Merl’s telephone number because she needed her dryer fixed. He fixed her dryer just this Monday before he passed on Tues. She was telling us what a great chat they had had. As all of these messages express, he will be missed sooooo much and our community was truly blessed to have had his expertise to count on for the many years we did. What a wonderful man. We have sweet memories of your family at Bronson Hospital while our little Taylor was so ill and your son was going thru a very hard time. We will never forget sharing hugs and prayers with you!!! May God’s assurance and strength be with all of you. Diane & John Glessner

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  56. Craig & Lorna Sisson says:

    Merl was simply the best. He was a rare combination of professional skill, experience, honesty, friendliness, advice, humor, and philosophy all rolled into one. He was quick to respond to his clients needs, and while curing an ailing appliance, he could also dispense common sense about a wide range of life topics. He was fun, fair, and reliable. Merl will be sorely missed by all his family, friends, and clients. God speed, Merl.

  57. Jim Hoffman says:

    I had the honor of assisting with the service today for Merl. Listening to all the wonderful stories from family and friends, especially from Merl’s Grandchildren brought tears to my eyes and am sure many others. I sure hope I can leave this love to my wife, kids and grandkids the way Merl did. What a special man to so many that left such a lasting impression that will never be replaced. He was also the repairman I called for appliance repair as probably most of the Otsego area. Rest in Peace to a perfect Gentleman!

  58. Steve Fitzpatrick says:

    I count myself lucky to have been one of the few people that got to work with Merl. In that short time we formed a friendship that lasted for 40 years, What a great friend he was, I will surely miss him,

  59. Darl and Joyce Gilliland says:

    Dear Sue and family,
    What a loving tribute for Merl at his service. It was wonderful to hear all of the stories shared by his family, it truly was a beautiful service, (I also loved all of the family in John Deere gear at the visitation, Merl would have loved that.) There has been so much loved shared by many who knew Merl in our community, he was a gifted repairman that will be greatly missed. May you feel the love of our Heavenly Father surround you through the coming days giving you peace and comfort.

  60. Sherry Schumaker says:

    When Merl came into our home to fix our broken appliances, he was friendly, honest and trustworthy.I was the second generation that called him, and so did my daughters family. He will be missed for his business practices and for his kindness. Our condolences to his family, and to this community who will all miss him greatly.

  61. Bill & Marlita Walker says:

    I also shared many bus rides with the Lindsey “kids” over the years, but the more recent memories of a man of integrity running a much needed business in our community outshine those early years. Merl loved a puzzle, and our 30 year old washer gave him many moments of puzzle solving! His determination, intelligence and perseverance were always evident. I love that he continued to work with us, encouraging us to “hang on to the old appliances” as long as we could. What a unique perspective to have in 2015. He made friends with many, showing his kindness and care through his hard work in our homes. God’s comfort and love to your family.

  62. Joyce (Seekman) Jenkins says:

    Wow! I just heard the news yesterday! I am so sad I missed the funeral. Loving hugs to his family, May God hold you oh so close at this time. What an awsome man. Wise and funny. Spent many a ball game sitting near he and Sue. I will hold close my special memories.

  63. Gary & Barb Rhoades says:

    We just heard about Merl’s passing on Saturday night, since we were in Montana on vacation. He was a kind, caring man. We only saw him when one of our appliances needed fixing, but he was so fun to talk to. You were blessed to have him. So sorry for your loss.

  64. Susan (Jerrett) and Tom Sawasky says:

    Dear Sue and family,
    You and your family have my deepest sympathy at the passing of Merl. We had been in Florida and when I logged on to the computer, I was totally shocked when I saw his obituary. We have lost touch since HS, but he was one of the good guys in the class of ’68. Rest in Peace!!

  65. Jim and Vickilee Miller/ Traverse City says:

    Sue and Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Merl will be missed by many in the Otsego and
    Plainwell area. He was the epitome of the perfect repairman with a smile, but we know he was also the perfect husband, father and grandfather and friend. Cherish the memories.

  66. Jenn Miner says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Merl’s death.
    It seems I just visited with him in my home, fixing my dryer, this time.
    That’s how it was when Merl came by…a visit. Always willing to listen to my parenting, employment, and life challenges and, share his wisdom.
    Politics and current events were often discussed as well.
    Merl did more than fix my appliances; he shared his life.
    I will miss him.

  67. dawn buell says:

    Our family had merl in “the family” for yrs. He was great at his job and just a joy to know period. Learned of his passing just today, and was thinking of him this past week. God bless his family, we’ve lost a great man but his wings could carry us all.

  68. Tim Dimock says:

    Sue I’m very sorry to hear about Merl. We were very good friends growing up and I spent a lot of time at the Lindsay Farm on Star Rd. where we would get into mischief sometimes with ( Carl) Merls dad.

  69. Kisha Munn says:

    To Sue and the Lindsey Family
    I am so sorry to hear of Merl’s passing. He was genuine in every way. I spent a lot of time with Merl while taking care of his father Carl. Merl was always busy working but came everyday to see his father sometimes up to four or five times a day. While taking care of Carl, I spent a great memorial day with Merl and Sue’s family. The entire family filled a room with so much love. Merl taught me how to drive the combine with Carl’s help of course. This memory I will cherish forever. I will never forget Merl and his entire family. I was always treated as family. After Carl’s death Merl would still come to Kalamazoo and fix my mom’s appliances. My heart aches of sadness but I am grateful that I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to be blessed with Merl’s (and the Lindsey family) kindness. May god watch over you and help lead you through these difficult times.

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