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Merrill "Gene" Carnell
September 20, 1935 - November 5, 2017

Place of Birth: Amaranth, Pennsylvania
Residence: Colorado Springs, CO, formerly of Williston, ND
Age: 82

Merrill “Gene” Carnell, age 82 of Colorado Springs, CO, formerly of Williston, ND passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017, at his residence in Colorado Springs, CO.

Merrill Eugene Carnell, known by his friends as “Gene” was born on September 20, 1935 in Amaranth, PA to William and Beatrice Carnell. Gene graduated from Hancock Maryland High School.

On August 25, 1962, Gene was united in marriage to Sharon Amundson. They had three children; Shawn , Michelle and Gaylen. From his first marriage he had a daughter named Robin.

Gene served in the US Air force for twenty years and was a member of the American Legion of Hancock, Maryland. He later worked for Cenex in Epping, ND and Jerry Harmon Motors, Gary Wendel Motors and Home of Economy all in Williston, ND.

Gene was an avid fan of the Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles baseball teams. He was also a big fan of Dale Earnhart, Sr. and Peyton Manning. He loved his little dog Annie. Gene also enjoyed bowling for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon; daughter, Robin (Louie) Amasia of Fallston, MD; son, Shawn Carnell of Williston, ND; daughter, Michelle Olson and Jeff Boucher of Williston, ND; son, Gaylen (Jennifer) Carnell of Rochester, MN; grandchildren, Andy and Catie Amasia, Kenton Carnell, Cal Carnell, Heather and Jonathon Korner, Tricia and Dominique Jackson, Aidan and Caitlin Carnell; great grandchildren, Charlie Amasia and Gryffin Carnell; sister, Eleanor Reed; sister-in-law, Dorothy Westphal; brothers-in-law, Gordon, Donald and Roger Amundson and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gene was preceded in death by his mom and dad and many aunts and uncles.

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Monica Haskin (Williston, ND)
Nov 12, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss. You all have a lot of good memories to hold and cherish. I pray for peace up on you all at this very sad an hard time in your lives. Look to God for peace. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all.
Jennifer Amundson (GoldenValley, MN)
Nov 12, 2017
Loved Gene! His smile, laugh and love for life. He always had a hug for me anytime I saw him on our visits to North Dakota and here when he visited Minneapolis. Jon, I and the kids will miss him a great deal.
Shelley Stiles
Nov 13, 2017
My deepest sympathy to Merrill's family. All of us have had to endure the pain of losing our loved ones in death. It is never easy to deal with. The Bible promises that soon God "will swallow up death forever and will wipe tears from all faces". (Isaiah 25:8). We have the hope of being reunited with our loves ones once again by means of a resurrection, what a joyful time that will be when we will once again be with our loved ones. (Acts 24:15) Until that time is fulfilled, keep close to your hearts all your wonderful memories of time spent together. May the "God of All Comfort" be with you in this time of sadness. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Betty
Nov 15, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).
kathy berosik (williston, 218 5th st west)
Nov 15, 2017
Sharon and Family: My deepest sympathy in the loss of Gene. My prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.
Dale and Linda Farver (Bismarck , ND)
Nov 15, 2017
Great Memories of Gene Hugs and Prayers to entire Family.
Dennis Visser (Williston, N.D.)
Nov 16, 2017
So sorry to hear about Gene. We worked together at Gary Wendel Motors for a number of years. Gene was a delight to be around, at work, or at the bowling alley, Gene had an infectious personality, always positive, with an ever present smile. I'll remember my friend as an honest, hard working man that loved and adored his family and provided for them all his life. My condolences, Sharon, and kids
Lindsey Johnson
Nov 16, 2017
Shelly,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May you find peace and comfort at this difficult time.
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