Merle Kirby

GREENVIEW, IL - Merle Kirby, 78, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He is survived by a daughter, Durinda Kirby, of Athens; son, Mike (Lori), of Mason City; brother, William Dean Kirby, of Tolono; three grandchildren, Landon "Hoss" (wife, Jamie) Kirby, of Greenview, Natasha (Adam) Bacon of Greenview, and Kaylee Kirby of Mason City; two step-grandchildren, Ryan and Jeremy "Tank" Hatfield, of Mason City; two great-grandchildren, Kirby Jo and Milo Bacon.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jane, in 2008; son, Patrick "Fudd", in 2005; four brothers, James, John, Eugene, and Donald; brother-in-law, Bill Armstrong; and sister-in-law, Susan Armstrong.

Merle was born June 7, 1935, in Buffalo, Ill., son of Arthur and Opal (Duncan) Kirby.

Merle graduated from Tri-City High School in 1953 and attended Blackburn College. He married Jane Armstrong on April 10, 1955.

Merle was a farmer in the Greenview area for many years, and employed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency for 25 years.

He was very active in the community and had many memberships. Merle was Chairman of the Menard County Commissioners Board for 19 years, a member of the New Salem Shrine Club, Greenview Masonic Lodge#653, Menard County Farm Bureau, Jesters, and Ancient Accepted Scottish Right 33rd Degree. Merle was a member of the United County Council of Illinois and the Greenview Community Fire Protection District Board.

Merle loved taking fishing trips to the cabin in Minnesota. He was loved by many and never knew a stranger.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014, from 4-8 p.m. at the United Greenview Church in Greenview with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the United Greenview Church.

Rev. Stephanie McCullough will be officiating.

Burial will be held Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Shiners' Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607.

Cremation is being accorded by Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL.

On-line condolences can be shared at

Funeral Home

Mott & Henning Funeral Home
206 N Main Athens, IL 62613
(217) 636-8212

Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 16, 2014