Obituaries

Obituaries

Robert Eugene Merritt 1944 - 2011 Lawrence

Funeral services for Robert E. “Bob” Merritt, 66, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Merritt died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 31, 1944, in Victoria, Texas, the son of Eugene Morriss and Margie E. Eye Merritt.
He attended Lawrence public schools and graduated from Lawrence High School. He worked at Lawrence Lumber, Rhodes Roofing, and retired from the Lawrence public school system.
His hobbies were gardening, woodworking, fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of the North Lawrence Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and devoted time to the church. He and his wife took a yearly trip to Branson and the Ozarks.
He married Barbara J. Colburn on June 23, 1977, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Anna Shouse, sister Sandy Holladay and his parents.
Other survivors include a son, Dallas E., Perry; four daughters, Dayle J. Hodges, Raytown, Mo., Julia A. Ingrassia and Debbie Brown, both of Lawrence, and Deanna Cassella, Tonganoxie; a brother, Phil, Baldwin City; three sisters, Pat Vena, Frontenac, Jane Spillman, McLouth, and Cinda Long, Eskridge; a foster son, Richard Kramer, Ottawa; grandchildren Erin Parmelee, Shannon Hodges, Kyle and Marina Hackl, Darien, Gage, and Max Kramer; great-granddaughter Geneva Hodges; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will meet friends from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The family suggests memorials to North Lawrence Christian Church, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.