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Mervin G. Tonn

August 4, 1925 — March 21, 2020

Mervin G. Tonn, age 94, of Amboy, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Pathstone Living in Mankato.

A private family burial will take place at Willow Creek North Cemetery with Rev. John Bennett officiating. A celebration of Mervin’s life will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, just before what would have been Mervin’s 95th birthday, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Willow Creek. A time for visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church. Web tributes may be left at

Mervin Gerhardt Tonn was born on August 4, 1925, in Ceresco Township, Blue Earth County, to Frederick and Lydia (Wester) Tonn. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Willow Creek, and attended St. John’s Lutheran School through the 8th grade, during which time he honed his excellent handwriting skills. He continued to be very supportive of Christian education throughout his life.  Mervin married Violet Lillian Urban on October 3, 1976, in Eagan. The couple lived on the farm that Mervin so pridefully cared for until his death.

He was a farmer all his life, raising both crops and cattle. Mervin loved fishing, the outdoors, and working in the woods to keep his property neat. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, especially when completing them with Violet. Mervin adored his grandchildren and nieces and nephews, as well as the greats that came along later in life. Mervin held many offices at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  For the past 20 years since Violet’s death, Mervin enjoyed breakfast at Linda’s Place in Amboy, and Friday nights at The Happy Chef.

Mervin was a beloved husband, father, and uncle. He will be missed by his children, Ruth (Dennis) Braun of Inver Grove Heights, Paulette (James) Booker of Mankato, David (Anne) Tonn of Ortonville,  Jayne Tonn of Fairmont, Deb (Randy) Morrison of Amboy, and Kenneth (Diane) Tonn of Brooklyn Park, nephews, Ronald (Mary) Reinke of Vernon Center and Leonard (Barb) Reinke of Amboy; grandchildren, Laura Braun, Joel Braun, Andrew (Charis) Braun, Jana (Matt) Renzelmann, Travis (Angie) Morrison, Tyler (Megan) Morrison, Katie (Bob) Eisenger, Gina Tonn, and Ryan Harris; 3 great-grandchildren; and many more family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Violet; grandson, Aaron Morrison; brother, Lorenz Tonn; sister, Elna Reinke; twin-sister, Mildred Tonn; parents; mother-in-law, Selma Urban; and brother-in-law, Martin Tonn.


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