Eldon Richard Mericle
A chapel service for Eldon Richard Mericle, 92, of Clinton, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, officiated by Patrick Peters.
Burial will conclude in the Rose Cemetery in Hobart.
Mericle died Sunday, July 6, 2014, in the Clinton Veterans Center. He was born May 17, 1922 in Weatherford, the son of William Atwood Mericle and Norma Ellen (Hayden) Mericle.
He was raised in Weatherford and attended Weatherford schools. He worked until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. He served during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He married Lucille Musick, and they moved to California for several years. He was employed as an auto mechanic. He returned to Oklahoma and settled in Clinton.
He married Leona Mae Blackwell on Oct. 20, 1981, in Wheeler, Texas. He worked at the Clinton Cotton Oil Mill and Hoffman Furniture, retiring in 1984.
Mericle was a member of the Church of Christ and spent his retirement years working part-time for Dewees Sales and doing yard work and landscaping. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Leona; a daughter, Glenda; and three sisters, Gladys Fast, Virginia Ilene Riddle and Georgia Fern Frasier; and two brothers, Ernest Mericle and Raymond Mericle.
Survivors include three sons, DeWayne Mericle, of Fresno, Calif., Ralph Mericle, of Owasso, and Anthony Mericle and his wife, Pam, of McLoud; two daughters, Edie Brown and her husband, Stan, and Deana Hill and her husband, Greg, all of Cordell; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.