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Merrill Eugene KingPassing: October 19, 2022


Chastain Funeral Home

Sunday, October 23rd @ 3:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Sunday, October 23rd @ 1:00pm-3:00pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Sunday, October 23rd

MITCHELL – Merrill Eugene King, 90, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at Richard L. Roudebush Veterans’ Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Born March 20, 1932, in Orange County, he was the son of Earl Everest and Eula Marie (Hackney) King.  He married Betty Ruth Knox June 6, 1952 and she preceded him in death November 4, 2006.

Merrill was a U.S. Marine veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.  He was a 1950 graduate of Mitchell High School and attended Woodville Baptist Church.  Merrill was the owner of King’s Speed Shop and King’s Automotive.  He was an avid drag racer and enjoyed restoring antique vehicles; especially Fords.  Even in retirement he was always building engines for people.  He also built his own Weed Hopper experimental aircraft.  Betty was the love of his life and they loved to travel together, having visited all fifty states.

Surviving are his children, Ruth Ann (Bob) Medworth of Brazil and Kelly (Daniel Guirkins) Morris of Mitchell; grandchildren, Whitney Medworth, Shane Morris, and Shawna Morris; great-grandchildren, Rowie Morris and Malik Gilbert; and sister, Sandra King of Mitchell.

His parents and wife preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 23, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Reverend Glenn Hamer officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.  Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial Donations:  ALS Association, Indiana Chapter

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

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22 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Patrice Buher | Scottsdale, AZ
    Date: October 28, 2022
    Kelly and Ruth Ann..... Sure enjoyed your Dad''s humor everytime I would see him! Had so many great stories and lots of history. We had fun riding in parades in his special vehicles! In special thoughts and prayers.......
  2. Guest: Sara Kern | Bedford
    Date: October 26, 2022
    We always had a good time at the drag races. Even though it was a Chev. that we had. Also have good memories of a vacation with them to AZ. Sorry that we missed the service. Thoughts and prayers for the family. Claude & Sara Kern
  3. Guest: Cherie kinder robertson | Yarnell Az
    Date: October 25, 2022
    Sandra I will miss talking to you yous when I get back. Prayers for the whole family. He was a good man
  4. Guest: John Newton | Terre Haute , IN
    Date: October 22, 2022
    RuthAnn , Sorry for your loss . Looks like your Dad was a very interesting man ! Best wishes always to you and Bob !
  5. Guest: Charles Rick Bennett | Mitchell Indiana
    Date: October 21, 2022
    I truly will miss Merrill, He was my inspiration for many years, Very good man for sure!! RIP My Friend, Deepest condolences to the Family and Friends.
  6. Guest: Mike n Rita Ball Ramey | Mitchell, IN
    Date: October 21, 2022
    Ruth Ann and Sandra, our prayers are with all your family. God Bless. Mike n Rita Ball Ramey
  7. Guest: Sheryl Fields Walton | Mitchell
    Date: October 21, 2022
    So sorry for your loss. He and your mother were special people.
  8. Guest: Kent King | Mitchell Ind.
    Date: October 21, 2022
    Dear Old Friend will be missed. So sorry Ruth Ann and Kelly
  9. Guest: Barbara Ann Combs Alward | Bainbridge Island, WA
    Date: October 21, 2022
    My Great-Aunt Betty and Great-Uncle Merrill were the dearest of people. In their travels they sought out my two boys and me in Colorado and treated us to dinner. Then many years later they surprised me in Washington state, showing up at the door of my gardening shop. So warm and kind, so delightful to know. My heart goes out to Ruth Ann and Kelly, and their families. The world has been a better place with the presence of those two sweet souls.
  10. Guest: Brenda Church | Cape Coral, FL
    Date: October 21, 2022
    Ruthann, Your Dad was an awesome man! I always loved visiting with him at band contests and ballgames. I know how much you all loved this man and I know how much Jim admired him. He often talked about him. Now he is in Heaven and I know Jim was there to greet him. My love to all of you! ❤💔❤
  11. Guest: Beth Pattison | New Smyrna Beach, FL
    Date: October 21, 2022
    Ruth Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of both your parents in Mitchell. May your happy memories sustain you and your family during this difficult time.
  12. Guest: Anna Chiara Gaetti | Cerreto D 'Esi Italy
    Date: October 21, 2022
    Vi sono vicina con il cuore e la preghiera 🙏❤ Dio lo accolga per condurlo nei suoi giardini più belli. La terra ti sia Lieve
  13. Guest: Paula caudell | Mitchell, In.
    Date: October 20, 2022
    Ruth Ann, Kelly and Sandra we are so sorry to hear of Merrill’s passing. Please know you and your family members are in our prayers.
  14. Guest: Gregory VanCleave | Arizona City, Arizona
    Date: October 20, 2022
    This man meant the world to me. Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of his passing. He will be missed.
  15. Guest: Jan Grissom | Lexington Ky
    Date: October 20, 2022
    Ruth Ann, Kelly and Sandra so sorry for your loss. Many memories with your parents. You are all in my prayers.
  16. Guest: Wanda Bultman Lloyd | Tucson, Arizona
    Date: October 20, 2022
    I am so sorry Ruth Ann. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!
  17. Guest: Cathy ( Johnson ) Wilcoxen | Springfield, MO
    Date: October 20, 2022
    Ruth Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. Remember all the great times you had.
  18. Guest: Harriet Prince | Anderson, SC
    Date: October 20, 2022
    Treasure your memories! Prayers to you, Ruth Ann and your family.
  19. Guest: Anita Stephens | Indianapolis IN
    Date: October 20, 2022
    Ruth Ann and Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. Tim sure was fond of Merrill. Prayers for your families.
  20. Guest: Maizey and Cayden Zeeks | Mitchell, IN
    Date: October 20, 2022
    Merrill was one of a kind! When we worked at railroad cafe he would come in every night “what’s for dinner tonight?” He was the light of our night! He will truly be missed. Prayers for peace and comfort.
  21. Guest: Kathy Adams | Avoca In
    Date: October 20, 2022
    So sorry for your lost prayers for you and your family
  22. Guest: Raymona Tanksley | Mitchell, IN
    Date: October 20, 2022
    Sorry for your loss Ruth Ann and Kelly. You are in my prayers.