BERTRAND -- John Warren Merrick, 63, died at 1:10 a.m. May 21, 2012, at his home in rural Bertrand.
Born Oct. 7, 1948, at Cape Girardeau, to the late Bob M. and Charlene Ruth "Cricket" Warren Merrick, he had lived in Scott County his entire life and was a 1966 graduate of Kelly High School. He had attended Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau. He was a farmer and worked for the Thomas W. Kelly School District. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an athlete. He was of the Baptist belief.
On July 19, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart, J. Jane Caldwell, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are: one son, Robert Caldwell Merrick of Springfield; four sisters, Major Ret. Christy J. Merrick and Candace L. Merrick of Shawnee, Kan.; Robin M. (Byars) Clark of Vienna, W.Va., and Camella (David) Folsom of Basehor, Kan.; two grandsons, Connor Joseph Merrick and Bryce Robert Merrick of Springfield; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday. Ron Spell, pastor of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Sikeston, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery near Charleston.
Pallbearers will be: Kenny Wells, Conrad Caldwell, Byars Clark, David Folsom, Charles White and Jim Cowger.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcmiklefuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to:
John Merrick Memorial Fund
Thomas W. Kelly High School
4035 State Highway 77
Benton, MO 63736
to the charity of the donor's choice