NEWMAN – Merrill Orr Anderson of Newman, Ill., and Weslaco, Texas, passed away Saturday evening (Feb. 2, 2013) at the Aurora House Hospice after fighting a lengthy battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the funeral home. Mr. Steve Allen of Newman will officiate the services. Burial will be in the Fairfield Cemetery north of Newman.
Merrill was born on May 21, 1939, in Broadlands, a son of Harold Orr Anderson and Margaret Gore Anderson. He married Lyn Coolley in 1962.
Surviving is a son, James (Jim) Coolley Anderson; a granddaughter, Margaret (Meg) Cristina Coolley Anderson; and a special friend, Nancy Brady.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
He graduated from ABL High School in 1957. He attended the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship. He was a member of Troop B, 1st Recon Squadron, 106 Artillery.
Merrill was a farmer in the Broadlands area and raised Simmental cattle and Standardbred horses. He acquired his auctioneers license in 1962 in Decatur and had been an auctioneer selling purebred hogs, cattle, Standardbred and Arabian horses since then.
Merrill was inducted into the Marketeers of the Year Hall of Fame at the Denver Livestock Show on Jan. 19, 2013.
Memorials may be made to the Newman American Legion Post 201, Newman, or the Aurora House Foundation.
Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman is in charge of arrangements.