Mert Chalmers enjoyed his saddle horses
Funeral services for Mert. G. Chalmers, 69, of Mobridge and Timber Lake, were held Saturday, Aug. 31, at the United Methodist Church in Timber Lake.
Burial was at Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Mert passed away Aug. 25, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Mert George Chalmers was born on Feb. 19, 1944, in Mobridge, to Verling and Christine (Caswell) Chalmers. He lived his early years on the ranch 17 miles north of Timber Lake near the Grand River, later moving to the present home two miles south of the river. He attended Chapel Country School during his elementary years, graduating from Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge in 1963.
After high school, Mert continued to live and work on the ranch and work for various neighbors.
Mert married Shirley Meyer on Oct. 14, 1971, and to this union two children were born. Chad was born in 1974 and Michael in 1976. The family lived on the ranch where Mert enjoyed riding the river and checking on his cattle. He broke horses and enjoyed his saddle horses, especially his paint named Lady and his sorrel named Brandy. He loved to snowmobile and also liked a good western movie, especially if it starred John Wayne. Mert enjoyed music and taught himself to play the guitar and other instruments, playing in various bands and later forming his own band with his father and brothers, the Grand River Boys.
When Mert’s health started to fail, he enjoyed playing his guitar and spending time with his grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 41 years, Shirley; his sons, Chad Chalmers of Milbank and Michael Chalmers of Mobridge; grandchildren, Morgan Archambault and Amber Stricker of Mitchell and Trenton and Michayla Chalmers of Mobridge; two brothers, Gordon (Mary) Chalmers of Lowry and George (Valerie) Chalmers of Bullhead; a sister, Irene Wishard of Trail, Minn.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their dear friends, Sally and Linda Merkel.
Mert was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Bud Wishard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Love Fund, in care of Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge, or to Horse Rescue at rescueme.org.