Maurice “Jack” Earll died Nov. 13 at the age of 95 at the Trinity Care Center in Farmington, Minn. Memorial services were held on Nov. 19 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Winner. Maurice Edwin Earll was born to Floyd A. Earll and Minnie F. (Odin) on Feb. 19, 1921 in Carter, SD.
In January 1943 Jack entered the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division at Ft. Sill OK as an artilleryman. Jack fought with the 45th starting in North Africa, then on to Anzio, Italy and the Rhine River in Germany where he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. Jack underwent experimental bone graft surgery at Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver, CO and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Jack married Lydia L. Pajl on Nov. 6, 1948. They resided in Witten, SD and then Winner. To this union they had two children, Marlene Earll, Burnsville, MN and Sharon (Steve) Wade, Burnsville, MN. Jack & Lydia moved to Burnsville, MN in 2014 to live with Marlene and be close to their family. They have 3 grandchildren: Laura Wade, Tracy (Brian) Christianson and Jeff Wade; and 3 great grandchildren: Delaney & Brennan Machacek and Maggie Christianson & new baby to arrive in January.