Charles David Merckle

Charles David Merckle, 88, of New Matamoras, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Fly on Nov. 3, 1928, a son of the late Stafford and Goldie Rice Merckle.

Charles was a former riverboat pilot for 22 years and later worked for Consolidated Aluminum Corporation in Hannibal, and retired after 26 years. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, Sardis; a member of Matamoras Lodge #374 F. & A.M., New Matamoras; a member of the Order of Eastern Star #261, New Matamoras; and The Valley of Cambridge Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Cambridge.

Charles loved the outdoors and most especially hunting.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Clyde Merckle; a brother, Samuel Merckle; and a sister, Judy Ritchie.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Janeda Merckle whom he married on April 16, 1949; his children, Charles (Dianne) Merckle, Shelley Warner, Carl (Wilda) Merckle, Shirley (Rod) Brozstek, all of New Matamoras; two brothers, Jack (Nancy) Merckle, of The Meadows, Pennsylvania, and Dale Merckle, of New Matamoras; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Warner, Marlena Kress, Joshua Merckle, Jacob Merckle, Jessica Merckle, Dane (Christina Dick) Merckle, David Merckle and Jared (Chandra) Merckle; three great-grandchildren, Zachery Haney, Wesley Haney and Kolton Merckle.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at the Watters Funeral Home, 37501 State Route 78 West, Woodsfield.

Friends will then be received from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 43936 Joe Frobish Rd., Sardis, with Pastor Terry Pringle officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.

Eastern Star and Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at the funeral home.

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