Merle E. Howell, 78, of Decatur died Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in Decatur
Funeral service to celebrate Merle’s life will be 12:00 noon Monday, February 5, 2018
at the Seventh Day Adventist Church (530 N. Sunnyside Road, Decatur, IL 62522),
with Pastor John Lewis officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the
church. Casual attire is requested. Burial with Military Rites by the Macon County
Honor Guard will be in Macon County Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the
National Autism Association or to St. Jude’s Hospital. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service
and Care is in charge of the arrangements.
Merle was born in Decatur in July 1939, son of Dale M. and Ruby V. Howell. He served
in the Army 1959 to 1964. A member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 7-838
he worked for Mueller Company as a millwright for 43 years. Merle married Bonnie S.
Picard in February 1959 and they enjoyed 58 years together. He enjoyed the
outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family and friends. He
loved country music.
Surviving is his wife Bonnie S. Howell; daughter, Juanita (Todd) Raymond; grandson,
Jonah Raymond; special nieces, Bonnie Howell Dippel and Darla Howell Kassis; his
sister, Marcia (Larry) Feller; special friends, Glen and Sharon Saunders.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Raymond Howell.
Thank you to Generations at McKinley Place (formerly Symphony Nursing Home) for
the care given to Merle.
Please sign the guestbook at www.tanzyuslogan.com.