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Merlin Albert Kiesewetter

October 12, 1941November 8, 2020
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Merlin Albert Kiesewetter, 79, of Creve Coeur, IL passed away on November 8, 2020 in Wellington, Florida.

Merlin was born on October 12, 1941 in Peoria, IL, the son of Albert and Zona (McFarlin) Kiesewetter. Merlin married Carrie (Kirk) on December 29, 1972 in Peoria, IL.

Merlin is survived by his wife of 47 years and by his 3 children: Col. Glenn (Stephanie) Kiesewetter of Willard, MO; Heidi (Chris) Haught of St. Petersburg, FL; Kassie (Ryan) Miller of Wellington, FL; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; 3 brothers: Marvin (Carol) Kiesewetter, Marion (Mary) Kiesewetter, Martin (Connie) Kiesewetter. Merlin was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Myron Kiesewetter.

Merlin graduated from Low Point Washburn High School in 1959, continuing on to Illinois State University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1963 and a masters degree in 1968, in psychology and guidance. Upon graduation, he started his career in education in East Peoria Elementary Schools, soon becoming a school guidance counselor and coach at Central Junior High. In the midst of his time as an educator, he prided himself in community involvement. He served as Mayor of Creve Coeur from 1981 - 1985 and spent 8 years as a Groveland Township Trustee. He then served as Dean of Students at Olympia High School, eventually becoming an Administrative Assistant until his "retirement" in 1994. His passion for working with youth, however, brought him out of retirement and led him to become the director of Tazewell County Regional Safe School in 1997 where he worked with at risk students for 10 more years. Merlin wasn't just an educator, he was a difference maker. A voice that demanded attention yet brought a smile with his compassionate heart. He didn't just teach kids - he changed them. He believed that you didn't talk at them, but had to work WITH them- he would farm with them, build with them, talk with them. He was well known for his motto - (the three R’s) Respect, Responsibility, Repeat.

Merlin lived a full and rich life. He loved his family so well, and so beautifully. They truly could not have asked for a better husband, father, or grandfather, who was always present, always there to laugh and share in the moments and make the memories. He was the spunkiest guy around! He loved to maintain his farm, and take care of his cattle, spending time outdoors working was a great joy of his. When he wasn't outside, however, you would've found him in the auction barn yodeling his auction cry! Merlin owned Kiesewetter Auction Services for 35 years, another passion of his. He was honored to be invited as the head auctioneer for The Peoria Crime Stoppers Auction for several years.

Merlin loved the Lord and held both of his church families dear to his heart. He attended Christ Bible Church in Creve Coeur and during the winter, Connect Church of Royal Palm Beach, FL. Under the passionate biblical teachings of these ministers, his walk with the Lord continued to grow.

This man of many talents, not only loved his family fiercely, but also his country, the military, and Jesus.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 17 at Remmert Funeral Home. (CDC guidelines will be applied). A private (family only) memorial service will be held at Christ Bible Church, Wednesday, November 18 at 10 AM. If you would like to view this service virtually, go to Remmert Funeral Home Facebook Page and watch the live feed at the designated time. You are welcome to join us for his graveside service at Fondulac Cemetery, East Peoria.

In memory of Merlin, donations can be made to:

Pekin Teen Challenge 2400 N. 8th Street Pekin, IL 61554 Or Samaritan's Purse: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/

Remmert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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BILL GADDIS

November 20, 2020

Thoughts and prayers for all the family. Lots of good memories with Merlin at Olympia.

Deb Eberle

November 19, 2020

Carrie, we just learned about Merlin's passing; so very sorry! Mike & I so appreciate Merlin & your guidance during our formative school years. Your love story was inspiring. You & the extended family will be in our prayers.
Debbie (Monk) & Mike Eberle

Jerry and Darla Watkins

November 18, 2020

Carrie🌿,
Our prayers go out to you and all your family🙏We pray for strength and beautiful memories of Merlin to carry you thru the difficult days ahead. He defiantly made a difference in all those he touched with his open heart and caring attitude❣️ His memorial service was a Beautiful Tribute from family and friends and a statement of how Merlin lived his life. We and our family, are so thankful for the friendship we shared and will continue to share. Love you, Jerry, Darla and family

K Hackney

November 18, 2020

My deepest condolences to Carrie and family. I always liked talking to Merlin and sharing stories and talking about history. A genuinely good guy.

Stephanie Bates

November 18, 2020

Carrie, Kassie and Glen..........and families. My heart hurts for you with Merlin's passing. My memories of Merlin always bring a smile to my face. I especially loved my time out at the farm. While we are far apart by miles we continue to send our love and prayers. Matt, Cody and Colin are also praying. Even the boys have such fun memories at the farm and all that Merlin shared with them. Merlin was bigger than life to them with his awesome stories and memorabilia. Such a blessing to know he is with Jesus and how much his love was for Christ. We love all of you and pray for your comfort. Matt, Stephanie, Cody and Colin Bates

Clayton Hutcheson

November 18, 2020

Carrie, It was always a pleasure to be around Merlin. We were always looking forward to your return to Florida. He was a special addition to our Bible study group and our class parties. Merlin added something special to our lives.
We will miss him greatly.
Clayton and Ann Hutcheson

Ian Lemons

November 16, 2020

Dear Aunt Carrie,
We are very sorry for your loss. Uncle Merlin was a fun guy to be around. I learned a lot from him and had many great memories with him. We will miss him a lot.
Ian and Aidan Lemons

Duane and Barb Hill

November 16, 2020

Our deepest thoughts and prayers to you, Carrie, and your family. We were so sorry to hear of your loss of Merlin, but he left quite a legacy behind and so many wonderful memories for you. Take care of yourself.

Richard Schmid

November 15, 2020

Carrie and Family,
Merlin was a wonderful person and a great friend. He always made me feel
good about my auction ability and made me feel good about myself. I always looked forward to working an auction with him. I knew it would be a fun time. Sure will miss him!
Richard Schmid

Gene Smith

November 15, 2020

Carrie and family Sorry to hear about Merlins passing It's been a pleasure to know him, work with him, and for him. He will be greatly missed. Gene Smith

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