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.
Ryan Eric (Melanie) King, Bedford
Jolene (Claude, Jr.) Rayhill, Mitchell
Jacquelyn (John) Cleek, Mitchell
Dana King, Mitchell
Aaron (Jamie) Kelsey, Madison
Herman (Linda) King, Mitchell
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.