Lester William Merriman
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*CREVE COEUR *- Lester William Merriman, age 78, of Creve Coeur, Ill., 
died at 3:20 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, at his home.

Lester was born April 20, 1931, in Jefferson County, Ill., the son of 
Matthew and Ivy (Wells) Merriman. He married Audrey E. (Roberts) in 
Mount Vernon, Ill., on Dec. 24, 1951, and she survives.

He worked for 30 years at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in East Peoria, Ill., 
and retired in 1982.

He served two years in the Korean War, from 1952 to 1954.

His hobbies were fishing and camping, and he had camped in each of the 
lower 48 states.

Lester is survived by his wife, Audrey of Creve Coeur, Ill.; two 
sisters, Mary F. Shelton of Michigan and Maxine Wilkie of Decatur, Ill.; 
one brother, Wayne Merriman of Lebanon, Mo.; and a host of nieces and 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and seven sisters.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Knob 
Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville, with Doctor Ron Reynolds officiating. 
Friends are requested to go directly to the cemetery.

For those wishing, memorials can be made to Knob Prairie Cemetery and 
will be accepted at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville.

For more information, you can call Newell Funeral Home at (618) 279-7272 
or visit at .

Date: May 6, 2009
Source: Journal Star of Peoria
Submitted by: Susan Armstrong

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