He was a graduate of Wamego High School in 1947 and Kansas State University in 1953. While at KSU, Merle was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Merle married Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Deck on May 31, 1953, in Hutchinson.
Merle was a longtime employee at Cessna-Eaton Corp., retiring in 1991. Following his retirement, he worked for H&R Block and as a volunteer at AARP and was a member at Tenth Avenue United Methodist Church.
He is survived by: wife, Jackie, of the home; daughter, Penny Palacio, Haven, and her fiancé, Heath Foster; four grandchildren, Chris, Jeramie, Krystal, Ashleah, and their families; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by: his parents; daughter, Debbie Kay Orsborn; two brothers and one sister.
Memorial service for Merle will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Elliott Chapel, with Rev. Richard Brooks officiating. A private family graveside will be held at Fairlawn Burial Park. Friends may sign the book 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tenth Avenue United Methodist Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.