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Paul Merritt
July 23, 1929 - March 14, 2020

Paul  Merritt

Paul Merritt
Jul 23, 1929 - Mar 14, 2020

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Paul Donavon Merritt, 90, of Quincy, passed away at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, IL, on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Paul was born July 23, 1929, in rural Burlington Junction, MO to Jasper Harold and Flora Gladys (Mitchell) Merritt. He was united in marriage to Rosemary Wrenne on October 1957. She preceded him in death. He later married Theresa Gorski in July of 1990. She preceded him in death in 2003.

Paul graduated from Burlington Junction High School with the class of 1948. He then served in the United States Army for 2 years working with artillery in Germany. Paul spent most of his adult life in the Chicago area until moving to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. He started working with the Chicago Northwestern Railroad in 1955 in Chicago. Paul learned numerous positions and was able to perform nearly every job on the railroad until retiring in 1991, as a conductor after 35 years. Paul was a lifetime member of the VFW in Orland Park, IL. He loved to dance, coincidentally; this is how he met both of his wives. Paul was a member of the wood carvers club and enjoyed bowling. Paul was baptized in the Christian church but converted to Catholicism in 1990 and was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Orland Park, IL.

Paul is survived by two sisters; Audrey Murray of Clinton, IA, Lola Clary of Comanche, IA, two brothers; Jim (Beverly) Merritt of Keokuk, Kenneth (Judy) Merritt of Moweaqua, IL, two stepsons; Steve Gorski and Robert Gorski, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, both of his wives, three sisters; Bertha, Helen, and one in infancy, four brother-in-law's, one step daughter; Diane Long, and one niece; Marilyn Lannen.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the services for Paul Merritt have been postponed at this time. Services will be updated when we know more.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Activities Department or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers is assisting the family with arrangements.

Tributes and condolences may be entered at dejongsfuneralhomes.com.

Fr. Edgar on Mar 20, 2020

We were so blessed by Paul's presence here at the Veteran's Home. I especially enjoyed having him at Mass and our conversations. It was an honor to bring him the sacraments, especially in his final hours. May God be with you all at this difficult time. Fr. Edgar

Lillian Yates Lyberger on Mar 17, 2020

Rest In Peace Dear Paul.
Sending prayers and Sincere Sympathy to the entire family. On behalf of Paul’s alma mater, The Burlington Junction, Missouri Alumni Association , we Thank You for your service to our country and Thank You for taking such good care of our Panther mascot.
God Rest Your Sweet Soul.
Lillian Yates Lyberger, BJAA

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