Robert E. Merrill, 76, of Colona passed away May 13, 2021 at Genesis Medical Center Illini Campus.
A memorial visitation will be 5-7pm Monday, May 24, 2021 at Schroder Mortuary in Silvis. Due to COVID restrictions, social distancing guidelines and capacity limits will be followed in the funeral home. Graveside services will be private at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to Quad Cities Honor Flight, Geneseo VFW, or Henry County VA Commission.
Robert was born November 13, 1944 in Moline, IL the son of Joseph and Adia “Irene” DeVore Merrill. He served in the Army during the Vietnam Era. Robert married Barbara Draper December 24, 1970 in Rock Island. She passed away February 17, 2013. Robert worked as a machine repairman at IH in East Moline and was a member of the Colona American Legion, Geneseo VFW Post 5083, Disabled American Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America. He also helped establish Henry County Veterans Assistance Commission.
Survivors include his children Christopher (Sharon) Merrill, Mechelle “Missy” (John) Larson, Jody (Thad) Lindstrom, and Robert “Bobby” (Kelly) Merrill; grandchildren Terry Larson, Jonathon Larson, Sommer Larson, Devan Markin, Tiera White, Kristina McCool, Kalista Merrill, Spencer Lindstrom, Dawson Merrill, and Alyse Merrill; great grandchildren Elijah Ford, Chloe Wheat, Christopher Zane White, Airabella White, and Harlie Halderman; brothers John (Rita) Merrill and Jack (Barbara) Merrill; sister Joan (Jerry) Kinkead; sister in law Lois Merrill and a special friend Lynda Smith.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers James, Joseph, and Norman.