Merrill L. Queen, 92, of Freeburg, IL, formerly of New Athens, IL, born February 25, 1929, in Perry County, IL, passed away on Monday January 31, 2022, at Memorial East Hospital in Shiloh, IL. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 82nd Airborne 505 Regimental HQ. Mr. Queen was a retired coal miner, a member of American Legion Post #2504 in Pinckneyville, IL, Masonic Lodge #234 in Du Quoin, IL and the United Methodist Church in Marissa, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents – Andrew Leighton and Emma May (Kennedy) Queen, brother – Carl Queen, a sister in infancy – Wilma Queen, a son-in-law – Ed Bauer and one grandson – Michael Bauer.
Merrill is survived by his loving wife – the former Marilyn Meyer, whom he married on June 10, 1952, at St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church in Pinckneyville, IL, three daughters – Debra Bauer of Katy, TX, Jill (Gerald) Hanebutt of Red Bud, IL and Connie (Jerry) Mueller of Freeburg, IL, seven grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Memorials in Merrill’s honor may be made to the Children’s Fund @ Spero Family Services, 2023 Richview Rd, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 or to the First United Methodist Church in Marissa, IL.
Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.heilschuessler.com.
Visitation: Visiting hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday February 5, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church in Marissa, IL.
Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday February 5, 2022, at First United Methodist Church in Marissa, IL with the Rev. Cody Battefeld officiating. Interment will follow services at Sunset Memorial Park in Du Quoin, IL
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.