Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at First Baptist Church in Lincoln. Rev. Dan Braaten, Rev. Wayne Isgriggs and Rev. Truman Yoder will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Lincoln. Memorials are suggested to Wyatt Guest House for the Ellis-Fishel Cancer Center in Columbia in care of Davis-Miller Funeral Home, P.O. Box 400, Lincoln, MO 65338.
Born Oct. 11, 1941, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Paul and Dorothy Cramer Merrell. On Oct. 27, 1962, in Sweet Springs, he married Lela Yount, who survives of the home. He grew up in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School in 1960. He was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Thule, Greenland, as well as several areas in the U.S. He lived in Raytown for 27 years, where he and his wife owned and operated Chouteau Bottled Water. He later was employed by Main Appliance Center in Overland Park, Kan. In 1997, the couple moved to Lincoln, where they owned and operated Rockhill Appliance.
Additional survivors include one son, Paul A. Merrell of Lee's Summit; two daughters, Jenny Calhoun of Warrensburg and Julie Closser of Sedalia; two brothers, Ron Merrell of Orlando, Fla., and Randy Merrell of Espanola, N.M.; and six grandchildren.