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Merlin E. KingPassing: January 22, 2012

Service:

Chastain Funeral Home

Wednesday,Jan.25,2012, 10:30 am

Visitation:

Chastain Funeral Home

Tuesday,Jan.24,2012, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday,Jan.25,2012, 09:30 am - 10:30 am

Cemetery:

Cresthaven Memory Gardens

Wednesday,Jan.25,2012

MITCHELL Merlin E. King, 79, passed away at 12:58 a.m. Sunday, January 22, 2012, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born January 21, 1933, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Ralph and Mary Lucille (Owen) King. He married Cheryl Ann (Bough) Kelsey October 21, 1983, and she preceded him in death October 28, 2011.

Merlin was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post No. 250, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

He retired from Naval Surface Warfare CenterCrane. He was a member of Bride of Christ Fellowship, Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM, and a graduate of Huron High School in 1951.

Surviving: children,
Ryan Eric (Melanie) King, Bedford
Jolene (Claude, Jr.) Rayhill, Mitchell
stepchildren,
Jacquelyn (John) Cleek, Mitchell
Dana King, Mitchell
Aaron (Jamie) Kelsey, Madison
brother,
Herman (Linda) King, Mitchell
20 grandchildren
several great grandchildren

His parents; wife; and daughter, Doris Evelyn Hill, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Allen officiating. Entombment will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 4:00 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: American Legion Post No. 250.

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21 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Maxine Ashley | Orleans, IN
    Date: January 25, 2012
    Herman & Linda and the king family,So sorry to hear about Merlin.But now he is out of Garden Villa and not sick anymore .Thinking of all of you .
  2. Guest: brittany edwards | bedford, IN
    Date: January 25, 2012
    I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I feel so blessed to have met merlin, I will miss that sweet smile that melted my heart. Prayers go out to your family. Hope we will still be visited by you here at garden villa. God bless.
  3. Guest: KAREN MAY | Bedford, IN
    Date: January 25, 2012
    Jolene, So sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Love Karen May
  4. Guest: Deb Collins | Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 25, 2012
    Jolene and family, So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
  5. Guest: Charlie & Angie Blanton | Loogootee, IN
    Date: January 25, 2012
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Merlin was such a special person, loved his smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
  6. Guest: Maxine Ashley | Orleans, IN
    Date: January 25, 2012
    Herman & Linda and the king family,So sorry to hear about Merlin.But now he is out of Garden Villa and not sick anymore .Thinking of all of you .
  7. Guest: Amy Parker | mitchell, IN
    Date: January 24, 2012
    Dear Jo and family, So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. The stories you shared with Charlotte and I about your recent visits with him are all the more precious now. Your kindness and concern to us is a reflection of your parents love and teaching. We share your sorrow and hope you find comfort in your memories. Love, Amy
  8. Guest: Becky Sellers | Shoals, IN
    Date: January 24, 2012
    Shelly, Dana, Aaron, Ryan & families, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family has been through so much. I remember Merlin's big smile and gentle voice. May God carry you through. Will not be able to make viewing or funeral but wanted you to know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
  9. Guest: Tona (Taflinger) Dobson | Marble Hill, GA
    Date: January 24, 2012
    I am so sorry for your loss, I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
  10. Guest: Brooke Crider | Bloomington, IN
    Date: January 24, 2012
    Dear King Family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I feel blessed to have met Merlin. His beautiful smile melted my heart the moment we met! It was a pleasure meeting many of you and I hope you find comfort in love of those around you during these trying times. You're in my thoughts.
  11. Guest: Karin Dobson | Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 24, 2012
    I'm sorry for your loss. He was a lovely man and father.He will be missed. Love Karin
  12. Guest: Cathy (Johnson) Wilcoxen | Springfield, MO
    Date: January 23, 2012
    Ryan and Jolene, We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Cathy, Charlie and Kenny Johnson
  13. Guest: Sonya Chaney | Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 23, 2012
    Herman and Linda, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry and Sonya Chaney
  14. Guest: Sue Pridemore Conolty & Cora Pearl Pridemore Keller | Largo Fl and Fond du lac Wi, IN
    Date: January 23, 2012
    To all the wonderful family of Uncle Merlin. We will always remember his ear to ear smile and care and concern for everyone.
  15. Guest: Jordan & Jennifer | IN
    Date: January 23, 2012
    Jolene, So sorry to hear about your Daddy. Please let us know if you need anything at all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. Love Jen And Jordan
  16. Guest: Cora Pearl (Pridemore) keller & Sue (Pridemore) Conolty | Fond du lac and Largo, WI
    Date: January 23, 2012
    To the wonderfull faimly of Merlin,we are sorry to hear of his passing he was a very nice cousin not our uncle sorry about the mistake.
  17. Guest: Robin Chambers, Nurse at Garden Villa | Bedford, IN
    Date: January 23, 2012
    I will miss Merlin greatly! I truly enjoyed caring for him and will remember him fondly. My sincerest condolences to his family. Rest in peace Merlin.
  18. Guest: Ruth Ballantyne | Bedford, IN
    Date: January 23, 2012
    My heart and prayers go out to all of Merlin's family who have suffered too many losses recently. God will give you comfort and strength if you but ask. God bless you all. Ruth Ballantne (Nevin's Nanny)
  19. Guest: Naomi Bex Beebe | Springfield, MO
    Date: January 23, 2012
    Herman and Linda you are in my thoughts and prayers.
  20. Guest: Carol Taylor - Garden Villa | Bedford, IN
    Date: January 23, 2012
    Jolene & Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will miss Merlin very much. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
  21. Guest: Staci (Starling) Vazquez -Tate | Marseilles, IL
    Date: January 22, 2012
    Your smile and your sparkling eyes will always be remembered! Love you Uncle Merlin!!
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