Saturday, October 22, 2016

Obituary -- Donald (Don) Merrigan 1929-2016

Donald (Don) Merrigan, 87, Maryville, passed away on October 21, 2016, at Parkdale Manor surrounded by his family.

Don was born March 3, 1929 in Guilford, MO, the son of Patrick (Pat) and Irene (McLaughlin) Merrigan. He began school in Guilford, but graduated from high school in Stanberry, MO. He was united in marriage to Margaret O'Riley on March 27, 1951 at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Maryville.

He joined the Marine Corps in 1951 and served his country until 1953. When he returned from the military he began farming with his dad in Conception, MO and worked as a carpenter. He continued farming until he retired and moved to Maryville in 2001.

Don was a member of St. Gregory's Catholic Church and was very active in the church. He enjoyed serving his community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, school board, rural water board, and the senior citizen housing board of which he was instrumental in getting built, in Conception Jct. He served many years on the housing board. Don enjoyed carpentry and kept busy in his shop in the basement of their home. Community service was important to Don, but his faith, family, and Irish heritage took precedence over everything else.

Don is survived by his wife, Margaret of their home, six children; Janet McCray, Olathe, KS, Joyce (Larry) Moffat , Ravenwood, MO, Mike (Cindy) Merrigan, Barnard, MO, Mary Stiens, Maryville, Steve (LaWanda) Merrigan, Conception, Margie (Charlie) Schieber, Derby, KS, 24 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, brother William (Sondra) Merrigan, McLean, VA., 5 sisters; Patty Archer, Eulalia Schieber, and Veronica Dorrell, Maryville, Lucia (Henry) Munch, Arlington, TX, Cecelia (Herman) Meyer, Stanberry, two sisters-in-law Pat Bryles, and Margie O'Riley, and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters Jeanie, Anna, and Winnie Stark, brother Hubert, and daughter-in-law Susan Merrigan.

A Family Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Saturday, October 22nd at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, with the Parish Rosary to be 7:00 PM Sunday, October 23rd, followed by a visitation at St. Gregoary Barbarigo Catholic Church, Maryville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM, Monday, also at St. Gregory Catholic Church, with Father Martin DeMeulenaere officiating. Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery, Conception.

Military Services at graveside by Missouri Military Honors and Tri-C American Legion Post #464.

Memorials may be directed to AseraCare Hospice and the Parkinson's Association.

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