Obituary: Merlin E. LaRose

Merlin “Merle” E. LaRose, 87, of Chester, passed away at 2:52 pm, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
He was born to the late Jesse R. and Rose Mary (nee Blechle) LaRose on December 12, 1932, in Biehle.
Merle married Wilma Kuehne on August 27, 1955, in Chester, she survives.
He worked many years in Pipeline Construction Management across the United States, Canada and Alaska. He helped build the Alaskan Pipeline. He also worked and retired from Chester Mental Health Center.
Merle was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Chester. He was also a member of the Eagles Club Aerie #3252 for over 48 years, serving as secretary and treasurer for 26 years and Perryville American Legion Post #133 for over 54 years. He enjoyed socializing and taking care of his yard.
He was a Korean War Army Veteran.
He is survived by his wife Wilma LaRose of Chester; one son Mark (Lisa) LaRose of Chester; two daughters Tina (Mark) Wolff of Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Kim (Ed) Holsapple of Chester; one brother John (Regina) LaRose of Perryville; one sister Mary Ann Wucker of Perryville; eight grandchildren Danielle (Jason) Holland, Jason Wolff, Dawn LaRose, Ronda LaRose, Kelsee (Lucas) Gibbs, Mandy (Tim) Jones, Heather Holsapple and Tasha (Mike) Fitch; nine great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter Ronda LaRose and two brothers Robert and Donald LaRose.
Visitation will be Friday from 9-11 a..m. at Pechacek Funeral Homes in Chester.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at Pechacek Funeral Homes in Chester with Father Iuvenis Iheme officiating. A private inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic School.

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