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Reggie R. Merrill

May 31st, 1953 – January 3rd, 2022

Reggie Ryan Merrill, 68, of Argenta, IL passed away January 3, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Reggie was born May 31, 1953, in Beardstown, IL, the son of Paul Eldon and Charlotte (McCombs) Merrill. He married Donna Kapper on July 3, 1976, in Decatur, IL.

Reggie was a tire builder for Firestone. He earned a BS degree from ISU in Agricultural Science. During his leisure time he enjoyed playing his guitar. Reggie had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Donna; sons, Ryan Paul Merrill (Angeleen of Jefferson City, MO), Christian Lee Merrill of Decatur, IL; sister, Ellen Stevens (Tom) of Astoria, IL and grandchildren, Nicholas, Sophia and Allison.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Friday, January 7, 2022 at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Shawgo Funeral Home in Astoria, with visitation from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Sunday. Burial will be at Astoria Township Cemetery.

Memorials: Astoria Christian Church, 219 W State St, Astoria, IL or Forever Home Feline Ranch, PO Box 9740, Springfield, IL 62791.


January 8th, 2022

So sorry for the loss of your brother. Jodie & Robbin Kost

January 8th, 2022

So sorry for your loss
Thinking of you all
From all us Malott Families

January 10th, 2022

Ellen and family
We are so sorry for your loss
We send our love. And our deepest sympathy
Scott and Teresa Burget families

January 10th, 2022

Ellen, this is Jodie Jennings Kepple & I am so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. I had planned to come with Teresa but I was still at work.

January 10th, 2022

So sorry to hear about the passing of Reggie. He was a friend of mine from 1st grade until his death. He was as close to being my brother as anyone I’ve ever known. My sympathies to wife Donna and sister Ellen and their families.
David Wilson

January 10th, 2022

Donna and Ellen, It's hard to imagine a world without Reggie's great sense of humor in it. He was probably the funniest and kindest man I have ever known. You and your families will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
Steve and Mary Cable

January 12th, 2022

So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of all the time I spent at their home growing up. Charlotte was a second mom to me. The last time I saw Reggie was when he came to visit Myrna Phillips when he was home. I worked for Myrna and she told me how much his visits meant to her. My sympathies to the family. Pam Klinebough

January 18th, 2022

I'm so very sorry for your loss. In fact, it's everyone's loss. As a lifelong friend, I knew well Reggie's kindness, loyalty, and quick wit. I'll always remember this about Reggie: He made us laugh. RIP, my friend.
Kerry Welker

January 27th, 2022

Very sorry to hear of your loss, Reggie was a one of a kind, he will be dearly missed.