Merlyn W Fiscus

July 14, 1936March 2, 2020

Merlyn Wayne Fiscus, 83, of rural Bayard, passed away on March 2, 2020 at the Morrill County Community Hospital at Bridgeport. Merlyn was born July 14, 1936 to Merle “Hans” and Evelyn (Petersen) Fiscus. He attended country school north of Bayard, and graduated from Bayard High School with the Class of 1954.

After high school, Merlyn worked on ranches in the Sandhills around Alliance, Nebraska. On a blind date he met the love of his life, Vicki Sallee. They were married in Alliance on January 24, 1960. Merlyn served in the Nebraska National Guard from 1958-1961.

Merlyn and Vicki lived in Scottsbluff following their marriage where he was the assistant manager at the Woolworth Store. In an effort to be closer to Vicki’s family, they moved to Aurora, Illinois where he was a welder for Austin-Western. From there they moved to Sioux County, Nebraska where Merlyn worked for the Watson Ranch.

The Sandhills called his name once again and he began working on one of the Rush Creek Ranches between Hyannis and Whitman. A horse roll-over broke his leg in 1972 and he moved his family back to the Valley. He welded at Lockwood’s, farmed for his uncle, and began his own business, Fiscus Custom Farming. He plowed crop ground and cut and baled hay in Morrill and Scotts Bluff Counties from 1972-2016. There aren’t many fields between Bayard and Scottsbluff that didn’t receive his care at one time or another.

Merlyn was a cowboy, a farmer, and a Husker and Bronco football fan. He enjoyed John Wayne movies, Marty Robbin’s music, and Gunsmoke. His truest joy and source of pride came from time spent with his family. He never knew a stranger and the coffee was always on.

Merlyn is survived by his wife of 60 years, Vicki; sons Gene (Katie (Fries)) Fiscus of Ardmore, SD and Jody (Karla (Brisco)) Fiscus of Bayard; daughter Becki Fiscus of Bayard; grandchildren Jeri (Jesse McConkey) Ross, Jessica Fiscus, Jason (Ashley) Fiscus, Michael Fiscus, Tyler Fiscus, Kaylie Fiscus, Victoria Huff, and Hayden Huff; great-grandchildren Ryder Ross, Madilyn McConkey, and Dally Fiscus; brother Larry (Sharon) Fiscus; sister Linda Wilkins; sister-in-law Sharon Fiscus; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law Kenneth and Mae Sallee, brother Gerald Fiscus, and brother-in-law Randy Wilkins


  • Tyler Fiscus, Casket Bearer
  • Jason Fiscus, Casket Bearer
  • Jesse McConkey, Casket Bearer
  • Hayden Huff, Casket Bearer
  • Allen Fiscus, Casket Bearer
  • Boyd Willey, Casket Bearer
  • Michael Fiscus, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Fosket, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cody Fosket, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Wyatt Fiscus, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Andy Wilkins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chris Wilkins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bob Bentley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jim Miller, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 6, 2020


Merlyn W Fiscus

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Hayden Hiff

March 23, 2021

I was 4 or 5 him and I would ride the fourwheeler together

Bruce and Donna Bennett

April 26, 2020

To the family of Merlyn,
May you find peace in the loving memories you have of your dad. While I was married to Bill Sterkel, I remember how impressed I was with the incredible bond between the families in the farming community. The Fiscus family name was always one people could count on. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Friends in Jesus Christ,
Bruce and Donna (Sterkel) Bennett
Kyle, Texas

Mark and Deb Jasnoch

March 6, 2020

Mark and I give our thoughts and prayers to the Fiscus family.
I grew up with Merlyn and Vickie on the Rush Creek Ranch south of Whitman.
We rode a lot of horses and rode a lot of bulls, and there was never a dull Sunday!
He was there to guide: if it was lacing my ice skates with a special lace so I “wasn’t twisting an ankle” or pulling my bull rope at a kids rodeo. He made pull my cap down so if I won some money “they wouldn’t know I was a girl”!
Loved him and respected him very much.

Judy Deaver

March 6, 2020

Sending heartfelt sympathy from Phyllis Smith and Judy Deaver. You are all in our thoughts and prayers today. May God comfort you and bring you peace.


March 4, 2020

He was a good man. I always loved hanging out with him and Vickie. His eyes would light up when we talked about horses. A true cowboy through and through. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for peace and comfort to his precious family that he loved and cherished.

Jerry & Cleo Keith

March 4, 2020

So friendly and considered him a good friend while in Bayared. Thoughts & Prayers are with the Family!

juanita baker

March 4, 2020

A great, hard working man RIP