Doris May Merrill Schack - August 11, 2011
Doris May Merrill Schack was born Dec. 19, 1925 on a farm near Hamlet, Neb., to Harry Edward Merrill and Geneva Nelle Witt Merrill. She was one of four children born to this family, Edith, Wendell, Doris and William.
She attended a country school near Hamlet. The neighbor who lived up the creek to the north had a team of horses and a covered wagon. There were the Moores, the Rademans and the Merrills who took the team of horses and the covered wagon to and from school each day. She attended her freshman year in Hamlet. When her father passed away in 1940, the family moved to Elsie, Neb. where her mother, Geneva, took a job as assistant post master.
Doris finished her last three years of high school in Elsie, graduating in 1943. Doris was baptized into the Church of Christ, where she has been a faithful member and constant servant to the Lord.
Doris met her husband Harry at a basketball game. Doris was a cheerleader for Elsie High School and Harry was a basketball player on the opposing team. They dated all through their junior and senior years. When in high school, Doris worked at the Cutler Drug Store and Allen’s Department and Grocery Store in Elsie.
In the summer of 1943 Doris worked at the Sioux Ordinance Plant in Sidney, Neb. and she rode back and forth to Elsie with Professor Bradley, his wife, and daughter Betty Jo.
Harry went into the army in October 1944. His parents, John and Ora Schack, his brother Dick and his wife Artis, brought Doris to Fort Hood, Texas where they were married.
While Harry was training Doris worked in a small department store near the base and they could spend weekends together.
When Harry finished basic training he was shipped to Fort Ord, Calif. and Doris followed him there. She stayed there until he was sent overseas to the Philippine Islands, at that point Doris returned to Elsie, taking a job at the Kellogg Grain Company as the bookkeeper.
After the war they were reunited and farmed around the communities of Elsie and Grainton, Neb. This was from the late 1940s until the early 1960s. During that period of time they were blessed with three children, Dan, Tom and Becky.
When they had most of their wheat crop hailed out in 1960, they decided to move to Denver. This first move lasted for about three years, until Harry’s father retired from farming, so they went back to Elsie to take over the farm and tried to make a go of it one more time.
In the fall of 1965 they decided that they could farm while developing a real estate business in Denver. They would work nine months of the year in Denver and in the summer they would drive to Elsie and work in the fields.
They developed a very successful real estate business and Doris worked alongside Harry in that for about 40 years, retiring in 2000. Harry stayed in the business until 2009.
After their retirement they traveled some to see family and friends. However, as Doris’s health became worse, they were unable to continue. While she was able Doris enjoyed being a grandmother, great-grandmother and playing golf. She always had a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies for when the grandchildren came.
Parkinson’s disease, along with other ailments finally took Doris on Aug. 8, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Edith and her son, Tom.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was dearly loved and will be missed by friends and family alike.