Novak, Ernest M., Merrill, Michigan

Passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at home with his family by his side at the age of 90 years. Ernest was born January 29, 1922, in Merrill to the late John and Agnes (Klippert). He married Marvel Doehring on April 24, 1946. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage until she passed April 4, 2008. He was an avid farmer all of his life. He served as a Justice of the Peace for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and serving as a 4-H Leader. He was a member of Merrill Wesleyan Church. He is survived by his children, Shirley (Carl) Bruse, Joann (Herman) Heinrich, Gerald (Serena) Novak; grandchildren, Marie (Otto) Tessin, Jamie Bruse, Amy (Matt) Sczepanski, and BJ Heinrich; step-grandchildren, Simone (Tim), Michelle (James), Wendy, Nick, Sara (Woody); 2 great-grandchildren and 8 step-great-grandchildren; 1 step-great-great-granddaughter; sister, Mildred (Wilmer) Oldenburg; sister-in-law, Jean Doehring; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by several siblings and siblings-in-law. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Merrill Wesleyan Church, 3765 N. Chapin Road. Rev. Glen A. Pettigrove and Rev. Scott Bills will officiate with burial to follow in Lakefield Twp. Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Monday at W. L. Case & Company in Merrill from 2:00-9:00 p.m. and again at the church on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jonesfield-Lakefield Fire Department, church of the donor's choice, or to the wishes of the family.