CATLIN — Merret B. Sanders, 90, of Catlin passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
He was born June 25, 1923, in Keenes, Ill., to Ray and Zelma Sanders.
He married Frances R. Logan on June 12, 1949, in rural Louisville, Ill. She preceded him in death on Aug. 13, 2012.
Surviving are a son, Kenneth (Dianne) Sanders of Catlin; a daughter, Elaine (Greg) Newton of Ft. Worth, Texas; a brother, Morris Sanders of Peoria, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Sarah (Andrew) Day, Bradley (Britni) Chrostowski and Brett Sanders, all of Texas, and Kristen (Mike) Strunga of Catlin.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Leona Norton.
Merret graduated from Wayne City High School in 1941 and attended Rankin Trade School in St. Louis. He enlisted in the USMC, serving on Engibe on the Eniwetok atoll, Ie Shima, Okinawa and Japan as part of the occupation force of Japan. After the war, he attended the University of Illinois, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering.
Merret worked for Oliver Farm Equipment in Shelbyville, Ill., in engineering and tool design. In 1970 he began working for Hyster Co. in Danville as a tool designer and later as a design engineer, retiring in 1990. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Danville.
A service to celebrate the life of Merret Sanders will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, at First Baptist Church in Danville. Pastor Paul Rebert will officiate. Committal will follow at Danville National Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home in Danville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Danville.
Please join Merret’s family in sharing memories and photos of his life through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.