The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 12, 2013

Edward “Ed” Merchen


DANVILLE — Edward “Ed” Merchen, 94, of Danville, passed away at 2:04 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

Ed was born Feb. 11, 1919, to Joseph and Mary (Ertel) Merchen in Oldenburg, Ind.

He married Rose Waclaw on May 27, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville. She preceded him in death on Dec. 11, 1999.

Ed is survived by his son, Gregg (Karen) Merchen, of Vilas, N.C.; and daughter, MaryAnn Merchen, of Danville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Marion and Robert Merchen; and sisters, Clara Speth, Stella Merchen and Lettie Kaiser.

Ed spent his early life in Indiana where he graduated from Oldenburg High School and attended Indiana University where he earned a bachelor of science in chemistry.

He worked for 43 years as a salesman and loved every minute of it, thanks to the many friends he was able to meet. A devoted member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Ed was a member of the Knights of Columbus and active in the Kiwanis Golden K.

Ed enjoyed volunteering in the community, spending time surrounded by the flowers he grew, and he was a loyal Indiana University sports fan.

A celebration of Ed’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Danville, with Father Greg officiating, and entombment at Resurrection Cemetery in Danville. A visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville.

Memorials may be made in Ed’s name to St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Condolences may be left at

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