Obituary - Merle Gordon Mennenga

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Merle Gordon Mennenga

September 12, 1944 - September 29, 2017
Age: 73
Residence: Blue Eye, MO
Formerly of: Freeport, IL

Merle Gordon Mennenga, age 73, of Blue Eye, Missouri, passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at his home. He was born September 12, 1944 in Freeport, Illinois, the son of James and Iva Mennenga. Merle was joined in marriage November 24, 1976, to Helen Tillett in Pecatonica, Illinois. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

Merle was a partner in S.A.M. Builders of Forreston/Shannon, Illinois, for 25 years. He built the home where he and Helen raised their children in Forreston. After retirement, Merle and Helen moved to the Branson area where he was the owner of M.G.M. Builder and SunRooms 4-U. Merle was a Deacon and head of grounds and maintenance at Pines Community Christian Church in Blue Eye, Missouri. He enjoyed attending his children’s sports activities. Merle traveled the country watching his son, Randy race the A.M.A motorcycle circuit for several years. Since 1980, He loved camping and was a member of the Good Sam Club, AR Roadrunners, NDNDCC and Park Hosted at Bull Shoals State Park in Arkansas for 15 years. Most of all, his three-year-old granddaughter was the joy of his heart. Merle will be missed by all who knew and loved him.    

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Roger Klinefelter, a niece, Beth Miller, and his mother-in-law Emily Tillett.

Merle is survived by his wife of 40 years, Helen Mennenga of the home; a son, Randall Mennenga of Murrieta, California; a daughter, Jennifer Mennega, and granddaughter, Skyye Mennenga, both of Freeport, Illinois; two sisters, Eunice Miller and husband Norman of German Valley, Illinois, Diane Klinefelter of Shannon, Illinois; a brother, Wayne Mennenga and wife Jean of Pecatonica, Illinois; and his father-in-law, Jesse Tillett of Blue Eye, Missouri.

A celebration of life will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Pines Community Christian Church in Blue Eye, with Pastor Pat McDonnell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Merle may be made to the church building fund. To leave an online condolence please visit www.cremtionsoftheozarks.com


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Cremations of the Ozarks
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130 Industrial Park, Suite E
Hollister, MO 65672
Phone: (417) 544-0218
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Service Information
Location: Pines Community Christian Church
Date/Time: 11:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Presiding Official: Pastor Pat McDonnell
7968 MO-86
Blue Eye, MO
Phone: (417) 779-4141
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