Merle E. Ebersole

April 26, 1929 ~ February 4, 2022 (age 92)


Merle Elwood Ebersole

          Merle Elwood Ebersole, age 92, of 477 Martin Street in Dixon, died Friday, February 4, 2022 at his home.

          Merle was born April 26, 1929, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Samuel and Susan (Khuns) Ebersole.  He married Alice Jean Witmer on March 6, 1949.

          Mr. Ebersole received his pilot’s license at the age of 16, farmed for a number of years and worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company.  After retiring, he worked for a brief time at Ace Hardware.

          Merle was a member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, now Sauk Valley Community Church.  He served there for nearly 70 years.  He helped build the literal church building, giving up vacation time and many, many more hours.  Merle was Sunday School Superintendent, he served on the Elder Board, sang as part of a quartet, and gave many hours in visiting church members, those sick and those in the nursing home.

          Survivors include his wife, Alice; one daughter, Debra (Jeff) Hockensmith of Williams, Arizona; one son, Samuel (Paula) Ebersole of Mt. Morris, Illinois; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Lois (Leroy) Bair of Pennsylvania.

          Mr. Ebersole was preceded in death by two children in infancy; one daughter, Dora Quimby of Lakeland, Florida; one brother, John Ebersole; five sisters, Edna, Ruth, Elizabeth, Anna and Mildred; and one great granddaughter in infancy.

          Visitation will be Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon.  The Celebration of Life will be Friday, February 11, 2022 at 2:30 PM at Sauk Valley Community Church in Dixon with Jeffrey Hockensmith officiating.  Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon, led by Pastor Steve Hess.

          In lieu of flowers, money can be sent to Merle’s niece, who ministers to women in prisons: We Care Program, 3493 Hwy 21, Atmore, AL, 36502.  In care of or memo: for FAWN JACOBS.

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