Paul Vernon Merritt
January 15, 1932 – February 9, 2021
Paul Vernon Merritt January 15, 1932 - February 9, 2021
Towanda, IL. Paul Vernon Merritt, 89 of Towanda passed away at 9:58 AM on Tuesday, February 9th at St Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born January 15, 1932 to Elza and Dorothy Merritt. He married Charlotte Beal in Tunica, MS on August 5 1950. She preceded him in death just two weeks prior on January 24, 2021.
He is survived by his two daughters: Sue Reynolds (David) of Kansas and Kathy Merritt of Towanda.
5 Grandchildren: Megan Merritt-Klemme, Scott Merritt (Sharon), Chad Merritt, (Bobbie), Betsy Oglesby (Nathan), and Ryan Reynolds (Kristin)
9 Great grandchildren: Ketra Hanson (Eric), Amanda King (Nate), Dylan Merritt, Trevor Merritt, Alyxndra Merritt, Matthew Merritt, Berlin Reynolds, Lucky Reynolds, and Kinley Oglesby.
4 Great-great Grandchildren: Murphy Hanson, Connor Hanson, Maia King, and Riley King.
Siblings: Lyle Merritt (Mary) and Carol Miller (Don).
He was preceded in death by: his parents, his wife Charlotte Merritt, son Paul Merritt Jr, daughter-in-law Nancy Merritt, and infant daughter Robin Merritt. Two of his brothers, Eddie and Lee Merritt both also preceded in him death.
Paul was a highway construction operating engineer. He was a member of the Local 649 Operating Engineers Union in Peoria, IL. This past August, he received his 70th year pin and awards from the union. He absolutely loved being an operating engineer! When he wasn't working he loved to fish, do woodworking projects and most of all spend time with his family which spanned 5 generations.
Cremation rites will be accorded and graveside service for both him and his wife Charlotte will be at time of internment sometime this spring.
East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Paul Vernon Merritt
February 14, 2021
My sincere sympathies to Kathy and Sue on the loss of their father Paul. Prayers to you and the rest of the family. With the passing of Charlotte and then Paul I imagine this is a tough time to go through.
Wishing the best for you dealing with the sorrow of losing your parents.
February 11, 2021
Dad - There is so much to say and not enough words to fully express how lucky and blessed I was to have you as my Father. You always worked hard and long hours to provide for your family. You built our family home with your own hands and lived in that same home with Mom for the past 70 years. When I married David and we were transferred multiple times to different states with his corporate job, you were always such a great Grandpa to our two kids. And then when they grew up, got married and now have kids of their own - you were so proud of all three of our grandkids. We all have good memories of special times with you. As your daughter, I want to say thank you and you are the best Dad. Love You and miss you.