Robert LaVerne Merrill
Robert L. Merrill of Springfield, died at 5:53 pm, Friday, April 3, 2015 at his home. He was born September 28, 1925 in Springfield to William McKinley and Elizabeth Frances (Hood) Merrill, Sr. He married Ollie Jane Moss on May 20, 1950, and she preceded him in death on January 13, 2015.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and four brothers: William Jr., Floyd R., Harold C., and Melvin L. Merrill and one great grandson, Tyler Merrill.
Surviving are one son, David (Jean) Merrill of Maryville, MO; two daughters, Carol Merrill of Springfield and Lisa Bethea of Bloomington; eleven grandchildren, David (Jennifer) Merrill, DJ (Alisha) Merrill, Danielle (Brian) Lawson, Derek (Natalie) Merrill, Dakota (Jessica) Merrill, Dannen Merrill, Debrielle Merrill, Sarah (Nick) Weber, Carly Bethea, Tim Bethea and Hannah Bethea; seven great-grandchildren, Michaela Mae, Delaney, Drake, Paige and Landen Merrill, Chase Lawson and Ellianah Weber; one sister, Marcella Rentz of Springfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Robert was a resident of Springfield most of his life. He worked in the Experimental Department at Fiat Allis retiring after 38 years. He attended the 1st Church of the Brethren and was a member of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society. Robert managed Khoury and Colt Baseball Leauge Teams and was an avid CUBS fan.
He was a caring neighbor and a loyal friend. He loved Jesus and was an active member of the church. He was a loving father, grandfather and special uncle to many. He was dearly loved in return and will be greatly missed.
Visitation: 11am-1pm, Friday, April 10, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 1 pm, Friday, April 10, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Kres Lipscomb officiating. Private burial will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse or Compassion International.