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MERRILL ORR ANDERSON

MERRILL ORR ANDERSON WESLACO - Merrill Orr Anderson of Newman , IL and Weslaco , TX passed away Saturday evening Feb. 2, 2013 at the Aurora House Hospice after fighting a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral Services will be held at Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman , IL on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at 10:00. Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 from 4 pm - 8 pm. Merrill was born in Broadlands on May 21, 1939 a son of Harold Orr Anderson and Margaret Gore Anderson. He married Lyn Coolley in 1962. Surviving is a son, James (Jim) Coolley Anderson and a granddaughter Margaret (Meg) Cristina Coolley Anderson and a special friend Nancy Brady. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. He graduated from ABL High School in 1957. He attended the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship. He was a member of Troop B, 1st Recon Sqdn, 106 Artillery. Merrill was a farmer in the Broadlands area and raised Simmental cattle and Standardbred horses. He acquired his auctioneers license in 1962 in Decatur, IL and has been a auctioneer selling purebred hogs, cattle, Standardbred and Arabian Horses since then. Merrill was inducted into the Marketeers of the Year Hall of Fame at the Denver Livestock Show on Jan. 19, 2013. Memorials may be made to the Newman American Legion Post 201 Newman IL or the Aurora House Foundation 2646 W 18th St in Weslaco, TX . Sign guest book at www.hawkinsfh.com Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Weslaco. Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries

Published in The Monitor from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2013
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