Mervin P. Dvergsten, 98, of Spring Grove died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Spring Grove Assisted Living.

He was born June 13, 1915, in Spring Grove to Julius P. and Jorgine (Bjergum) Dvergsten. Mervin did all sorts of odd jobs as a kid to earn money during the Depression - from delivering milk before school to driving the car for the local doctors to make house calls, and pumping gas to trapping pocket gophers and running the coat room at the opera house, run by his aunt and uncle.

He worked in the family restaurant and hotel business in town (Florence Hotel, now the Ballard House) and Dvergsten's Café.

He was in all the high school musicals and plays and could still sing some of the songs.

He was a 1933 Spring Grove High School graduate.

Mervin was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps (later to become the Air Force). He served in Australia and in Leyte in the Philippine Islands (South Pacific). He was the crew chief on B-25 bombers and also worked on the B-24 Liberator (a four-engine bomber). They did modifications to these planes to add firepower.

On June 23, 1946, Mervin married Jewell Nelson. The couple were married for 51 years. Jewell died July 24, 1997.

Mervin worked as a rural mail carrier for Spring Grove for 30 years.

He liked to travel and took many bus trips after retirement.

Mervin was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Ye Olde Opera House in Spring Grove, the Spring Grove Commercial Club, and American Legion Post #249 of Spring Grove.

Survivors include his daughter, Beth (Michael) Stevens of Waverly, Iowa; grandchildren, Grete (Mark) Tiemeier, Drew Stevens and Elissa Stevens; a great-granddaughter, Tierney Tiemeier; a sister Doris (Everett) Hagen of Spring Grove; brother- and sister-in-law Norbert and Marylou Nelson; and all his special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jane in infancy; a brother, Maurice (Mike); a sister, Julia Guttormson; three half-brothers, Carlyn ("Happy"), Peter and Harry; and a half-sister, Helen.

Merv will be remembered for his quick wit, good memory, kindness and zest for living. He could always find a stage and liked to make people smile with his stories and jokes. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family.

Funeral services were June 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. Pastor Stephanie Frey officiated. Military rites were provided by American Legion Post #249 of Spring Grove.

The Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove assisted the family with arrangements.