Kenneth Murl Merriman (1941 - 2015)

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Kenneth Murl Merriman, 74, of St. Elmo, a loving, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, surrounded by his family, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Services were held at noon on Monday at First Baptist Church in Brownstown, with the Rev. Olen Evans officiating. Burial was in Sidener Cemetery in rural Fayette County, south of St. Elmo. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the church. Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Brownstown or donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Merriman was born on July 24, 1941, near Fillmore in Shafter Township, Fayette County, into the Christian family of Melvin and Essie (Osborne) Merriman, where he was raised with his twin brother, Keith, and a sister, Evelyn. He wed Patricia Bruer, the love of his life, on July 2, 1971, at First United Methodist Church in Hillsboro. Three daughters were born into this family, and together they moved from VanBurensburg to St. Elmo in 1994.
Mr. Merriman was a graduate of Vandalia Community High Schoool, and he retired as a boilermaker out of local Union No. 363. Besides raising a family, he enjoyed woodworking and playing with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Teresa and her husband Kelly Edgar of Greenville, Angela and her husband Chris Moore of St. Elmo, and Christy and her husband Ron Sandy of Mt. Vernon. He is also survived by grandchildren, Alyssa and Caryssa File; Kyle Barnick, and Ethan, Derrick and Emily Moore; and Lisa Sandy; and a a sister-in-law, Joyce Merriman of Fillmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Keith Merriman; sister, Evelyn and her husband Frank Griffin; and a granddaughter, in infancy, Brittany Nichole Ricketts.
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Saint Elmo, IL 62458
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Published in The Leader-Union from Dec. 14 to Dec. 23, 2015