RONALD I. MERKEL, 79 SHANNON - Ronald I. Merkel, 79, of Shannon, passed from this life on Nov. 1, 2013, at Freeport Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness; surrounded by his children. Ronald was born Jan. 10, 1934, to Irving and Mae (Kahler) Merkel; and grew up in Lanark. He enjoyed the rugged outdoors with friends and family, with weekends of camping, fishing and boating on the Mississippi River. He enjoyed his guns, target shooting, and gun shows. He also loved animals, especially cats. Surviving are his children, Tami (Terry) Mulder of Freeport, Becky (Todd) Simmons of Lena, Susan (John) Mathews of Wilmington, NC, Randy Merkel of Pearl City and Knoll Meighen of Freeport; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents and sister. Graveside services will be at 3 pm. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the Chadwick Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. at the Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. A memorial has been established in his memory. Private online condolences and online guestbook may be signed at schwarzfh.com.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2013