In Memoriam : Merwin Eaton

Merwin Eaton Merwin Henry Eaton - age: 92
(October 05, 1926 to June 04, 2019 )
Resident of Thompsonville, Illinois

Visitation Information:
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Saturday, June 8, 2019
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

12:00 noon Saturday, June 8, 2019
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery
DuQuoin, Illinois 62832

Merwin Henry Eaton, age 92, of Thompsonville, passed away at 11:49 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at VA Community Living Center of Marion.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. David Schlag officiating. Burial with Military Honors by the Benton American Legion Post #280, Benton V.F.W. Post #2671 and the U.S. Navy, will be in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery of DuQuoin. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, where Masonic Rites will be observed at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Eaton was born on October 5, 1926 in DuQuoin, Illinois, the son of Irl Eaton and Celia (Wheeler) Eaton. He married the former Marilyn Zoe Margenthaler on August 29, 1951, and she survives.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II; and was a member of the Benton American Legion Post #280 and the Benton V.F.W. Post #2671.

Merwin was a farmer and a retired coal miner. His coal mining career was with the Freeman United Coal Company, where he worked at Freeman #11 in DuQuoin. He was a member of the U.M.W.A.

Mr. Eaton was also a member of the DuQuoin Masonic Lodge# 234 A.F. and A.M. of DuQuoin; the Franklin County Shrine, Ainad Temple of the Shrine; Scottish Rites Body of Southern Illinois; and was a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church of Thompsonville until it closed.

He enjoyed hunting; which he did all of his life. He especially enjoyed training Beagle Hounds; and participated and won many Field Trials. He also enjoyed hunting quail and squirrels. He also enjoyed raising cattle.

Most of all he was proud of his grandson and loved to spend time with him.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years: Marilyn Eaton of Thompsonville; two sons: David Allen Eaton and friend Linda Paris of DuQuoin, James Lee Eaton and wife Linda of Thompsonville; a grandson Charles Jacob Eaton and wife Haley of Oregon, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Eaton was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters: Wanda Lows, Ruth Wright, Ann Wright, and Helen Taylor; and a brother Irl Wilson Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin County Shrine Club or the Benton American Legion and VFW Honor Squad; and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Uncle Mervin was a big part of my life while growing up. We lived out of state, but when we came to visit, he took me hunting and for way too fast rides in Grandpa Eatons F-1 pickup on gravel roads. He was alway happy and fun. When I was about 6 he told me I was 1/4 African-American. I told him that would make my mom, his sister, 1/2 African-American and therefore he was 1/2 African-American. That was one of the few I won. When he came home from the coal mines all covered with coal dust, we would remind him of that. He lived a wonderful like and did many good things. He is loved and will be missed. Richard and Becky Taylor. Charleston, SC