Successful businessman, father-of-3 killed by falling tree

He was managing partner at a real estate firm and a part-time dentist.
Publish date:

The man killed by a falling tree north of Brainerd last Saturday has been identified as Graham Merry, 31, of Orono. 

According to Merry's obituary, he was a husband and father-of-three – two boys and a girl. Professionally, he was the managing partner of Cullen Real Estate, an investment, development and management firm based in Minneapolis. 

He was also a part-time dentist, working at his father's Eden Prairie clinic, Bruce Merry DDS, Artistic Dental Solutions. 

"Our dental 'work family' at Bruce Merry DDS is in shock and grieving the sudden, tragic death of Dr Bruce Merry's son, Dr Graham Merry," the dental office wrote on Facebook.

"We ask for your patience and mercy as we mourn the tremendous loss of our beloved colleague and friend, and navigate the schedule as best we can these next days/weeks. Understandably, our hearts are broken...."

Merry died around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when a tree fell on him at a property about 30 miles north of Brainerd, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.

Merry and another man on a tractor were cutting the tree down when it fell. The sheriff's office says Merry attempted to run out of the way but was crushed by the tree. 

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters.

The man on the tractor cut the tree into sections to free Merry, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"Graham was the most selfless, positive, happy, easy going, and joyful person. He saw the best in every person he met. He could not sit still, he was always tinkering, building, planning and dreaming," Merry's obituary reads. 

Merry graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in biochemistry later received a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Minneapolis police

Mayor Frey, Minneapolis police chief reveal new 'no-knock' policy

The new policy for Minneapolis Police Department was announced Wednesday.

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.


Man killed by falling tree in central Minnesota

It happened about 30 miles north of Brainerd.

Chainsaw tree

Man killed by falling tree in Oak Grove

The 49-year-old was trying to cut the tree down at the time.

Tree trimmer killed by flying debris in freak accident in Richfield

It happened just before 3 p.m. in south metro suburb.

Caribou river

Rochester man killed in cliff fall in northeastern Minnesota

He was reportedly hiking with a friend at the time.

15-year-old driver killed after car crashes into tree near Little Falls

He was driving the vehicle that crashed, police say.

Joseph Koopman

Man killed in rollover crash was Army vet, father-of-3 girls

Joseph Koopman died in a rollover crash in southwest Minnesota on May 17.