Donald “Don” Merl, 89 of Springfield, entered eternal life on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

He married his wife, Mavis (nee Folstad) Benson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin in 1952. They moved their family to Springfield in 1968. Don was employed by Gustafson’s Dairy in Rice Lake; Hiland Dairy in Springfield; later by Montgomery Ward; and completed his career with Borden/Meadow Gold Dairy. He was active in the Springfield community, the Lutheran Church, and Bible Study Fellowship.

He is survived by son Rev. Dr. David M. (Jan) Benson, of Springfield; son Rev. Steven M. (Stephanie) Benson, of Saint Paul, MN; son Thomas M. (Randi-Lyn) Benson, Esq., of Springfield; Grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Sarah (Brock) Buerck, Gus & Arlo; Christina (Corey) Martin, Maddox; Emily (Al) Arntzen, Landon; David (Rachel) Benson, Dylan & Mason; Bethany Benson; Anna-Leigh Benson; Cara-Leigh Benson; Abby Benson & husband Adam Lewis; Olivia Benson & fiancé Blake Ast; and many dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins and other family & dear friends including Dale & Lee Ann Beshears.

A public visitation will be held this Saturday, July 23 from 3 to 5 PM at Greenlawn Funeral Home South 441 W. Battlefield Rd.

Funeral services will be at Faith Lutheran Church, 1517 E. Valley Water Mill Road in Springfield today Sunday, July 24 at 4:00 PM (visitation one hour prior) with a dear family friend, Rev. Jeffery Sippy officiating.

A time of food and fellowship will follow.

The final committal will be Monday, July 25 at 10 AM at Hazelwood Cemetery, 1642 E. Seminole St.