SPARLAND - Merle Eugene Dawson, 88, of Sparland passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Lacon, Ill., the son of Arthur and Lula (Rickey) Dawson. He married Lucille Brown of Chillicothe on March 4, 1944.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Kathy (Brett) Long of Chillicothe; sister, Betty (Bill) Kelly of Sparland; brother, Wayne (Dorothy) Dawson of Sparland; sister, Maxine (John) Kenyon of Lacon; three grandchildren, Chuck Dawson Jr., Angie Noll and Brian Long; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Charles Dawson; grandson, Eric Dawson; his brother, Don Dawson; and sister, Darlene.
He owned and operated Dawson's Trailer Sales with Lucille in Sparland for 40 years.
Merle was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the Chillicothe American Legion.
He was very devoted to his wife and family, enjoying everything his grandkids and great-grandkids were involved in.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with visitation held one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Phil Murphy will officiate.
Memorials may be made to a
Merle's online memorial may be viewed at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.