A memorial service to celebrate Len’s life will be held at a later date at Welsh Cemetery, Big Rock, IL. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is assisting
the family with arrangements.
Len was born in March of 1921, in Ray Co., Mo, the son of Len Sr. and Leona Merchant. He married Dorothy Olson in November of 1941, and she preceded
him in death in December of 2009. Len proudly served his country during WWII in the US Air Corps. After farming, he worked as a heavy equipment
operator making many golf courses throughout the country, and he was a lifetime member of Midwest Operating Engineers Local 150. He was a member of
Big Rock Legion Post 529.
Len is survived by his daughter, Sandra (John) Neal of Decatur; Sister, Leona Wilkinson of Plano IL; Grandchildren: Sherri (Doug) Edwards of Greenville,
Texas, Cary Dean Merchant, Phillip (Chantelle) Neal of Belleville IL, Brian Neal (fiancée, Joy Martin) of Marion, IL; 9 Great grandchildren; and several
nieces and nephews.
Along with his wife, Len was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings: Frances Hotopp, Gladys Minnick, Helen Perry, Blanche Lee, and Glen Merchant.
Len was also preceded in death by his son, Gary Merchant, who passed away in June of 2004.
Please sign the family guestbook at: www.TLCelebratingeverylife.com.