GILMAN – Marvin Kenneth Merkle, 87, of Gilman died at 7:55 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 12, 2013) at his home following a sudden illness.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, with the Rev. Pete Hinrich officiating. Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth, with military rites by the Chatsworth American Legion Post 613.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Marvin was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Danforth, to Marion Cope and Rose Johanna (Conrad) Merkle. His childhood was spent in Danforth. He attended school in Ashkum and graduated from Clifton High School.
Surviving children are Harold (Nancy) Merkle of Lovington, Ill., Duane (Carla) Merkle of Champaign and Elizabeth (Tim) Crawford of Houston, Texas.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three sisters, Joyce (Ardell) Schaumburg and Janice Mitchell, all of Paxton, and Shirley Scarboro of California, and one brother, LeRoy (Jackie) Merkle of Kentucky.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Robert.
He had been the manager of the DelRey and Loda Grain Elevator and also owned and operated his own truck, working for Conrad Trucking, Danforth.
Marvin was a veteran of the Navy and member of the Chatsworth American Legion Post 613.
He was an avid Cubs and Bulls fan.
Marvin enjoyed his special friends at K&H, Gilman, and the Long Branch in L'Erable, Ill.
Arrangements are being handled by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.
Please sign the guest book at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com .