Merle Francis Neer, 81, of Boonville, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at The Good Samaritan Home in Evansville. Merle was born on July 26, 1937 in Neodesha, Kansas to the late Harold H. and Mary B. Neer.

Merle served in the Navy from September 1957 to September 1963 and was an electrician at Alcoa for 38 years, retiring on April 1, 2002. He was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church, Kapperman Post 44 of Newburgh as well as an avid deer and turkey hunter.

Merle is preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 59 years, Claudine Marie (Egbert) Neer.

He is survived by his children, Chrystal Neer of Clarksville, Tenn.; Colette McNeely and her husband, Bob of Newburgh; grandchildren, Rory McNeely, Trevor Terrell, Lauren Terrell, Sheria Strange and her husband, Derek; Jeramey Hart; six great-grandchildren plus three more joining the family this year; step sister, Carol Judd; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Main Street United Methodist Church, 222 E. Main Street, Boonville. Visitation will be prior to the service from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Main Street United Methodist Church. Special thanks to those who took care of Dad the last few weeks of his life, you were all amazing.

Koehler Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Friends unable to attend may send the family a condolence at www.KoehlerFuneralHome.com.

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