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Merle Benjamin Thurman
© Cheyenne Star
27 Nov 2003
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell



Merle Benjamin Thurman, 76, of Aztec, New Mexico passed away Saturday, November 15, 2003.
He was born to Nicholas and Laura Thurman in Reydon, Oklahoma on February 19, 1927.
Merle attended school at Midway and Reydon and after serving in the Korean Occupation he attended Panhandle State University.
His teaching career spanned over 35 years in Oklahoma and New Mexico.
He was also a real estate broker. Merle enjoyed his time as a teacher, and the associaion with people through his real estate business.
He was a faithful servant of the Lord and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Aztec.
Merle leaves behind Jeanne, his lovely wife of 52 years. To this union three sons were born, Paul and wife, Katherine of Oxnard, California; David and wife, Laurie of Fullerton, California; Kendall and wife, Christy of Aztec; and Arlenna Churman of Ukiah, California; also surviving are eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Melvin Thurman and one sister, Laura Bell Smith.
Memorial services were held Thursday, November 20, 2003 at the First Baptist Church of Aztec, conducted by Pastors Milford Misener and Joe O'Neal.
Burial in Memory Gardens, Farmington.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Cope Memorial Chapel of Farmington, New Mexico.


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