ALBIA, Iowa – Keith Leroy Merrill, 78, of Albia passed away Friday (Jan. 18, 2013) at his residence in Albia, under the care of Care Initiatives Hospice of Albia.
Keith was born on July 10, 1934, in Monroe County, Iowa, to Roy Monroe and Georgia Maxine (Sines) Merrill. He attended and graduated from Moravia High School, Class of 1953. After school, Keith served in the U.S. Air Force.
On June 10, 1963, Keith married Linda Eileen Singler. To this union two children were born, Scott and Kellie.
Keith spent a career in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul. After his retirement from the military, he moved back home to Albia.
Keith spent much of his time with his hobbies, such as his upholstery business, Merrill's Custom Upholstery. Keith had many talents as well as hobbies. He also loved spending time with his family and friends.
He loved his Harley Davidson and his dog Barkley. Keith was a member of Faith Community Church in Eddyville.
Keith is survived by his two children, Scott Merrill of Albia, Iowa, and Kellie (Michael) Armstrong of Pawnee, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Austin and Jake Armstrong.
Keith is also survived by two nieces, Kim Brimyer and Julie Merrill; a nephew, Larry R. Merrill Jr.; and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Maxine; his wife Linda; a brother, Larry; and a sister-in-law, Janice.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at
the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with the Rev. Richard Grimes officiating. Burial will be in Oak View Cemetery in Albia with military rites provided by the American Legion of Albia, Lovilia and Melrose.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service today at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations will be accepted by the family for cancer research.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.tharpfh.com.