Mr. Merle R. Stoneking, Abingdon Chapel

stoneking-merle-photo.jpgage 71 of Prairie City, died at 10:04 am Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born on March 2, 1940 in Macomb, the son of LaVerne W. and Lorana R. (Chenoweth) Stoneking. He married Anita L. Yocum on April 14, 1958 at the Abingdon Christian Church.
Merle is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Anita “Nita”; four sons, William Ray of Colorado, Dennie Joe of Mount Sterling, Troy LaVerne (and Annie Mahnesmith) of Wataga and Jeffrey Earl of Galesburg; two daughters, Sherry (and Wayne Jones) Eaton of Kewanee and Lori Grady of Galesburg; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his special niece and nephew Marge and Mike James of Prairie City; one sister, Bonnie (and Ed, Jr.) Schenck of Abingdon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, Randy L. Stoneking in 1961 and Tracy M. Stoneking in 1967, one brother, Lawrence W. Stoneking, and one grandson, Brian Mcmurl in 2000.
He had lived in Prairie City since 1981. He worked at the former Bixby-Zimmer Company in Galesburg for 30 years. His hobbies included being a tinkerer, a Mr. Fix-it guy, working on small motors, woodworking and of course his pride and joy was his yard pond.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation with private burial of his ashes at a future date in the Abingdon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Bushnell Flag Crew. Online condolences may be made at

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7 Guestbook Entries to “Mr. Merle R. Stoneking, Abingdon Chapel”

  1. Sorry to hear about My brother-in-law and your husband Anita. your loving sister—- Sandy

  2. I miss you gramps! I’m so happy that I got to help build your pond and get it set up just the way you wanted it. I will never forget everything you taught me and the times we had together. Rest in peace! I love you!

  3. Anita,
    You and your family are in our prayers, so sorry to hear of your loss.
    You probably do not remember us, we lived down the road from your folks in Abingdon. We hung out with your brother David. We spent many days at your folks home & helping David with the chores we have spoken and thought of your family many times over the years, with good memories.
    Remember your husband is now in Gods Hand and at peace.

  4. I’ll remember all the good times we had together. He will be in our hearts forever. “Meet you at the ‘ole’ camping ground in Meredosia one day Merle”

    Love you Neet, and my thoughts are with you and your family

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Aunt Neet, Love You, Kim & Family

  6. Sorry to hear of Merle passing away. We will keep your family in our prayers for you.

  7. Our thoughts are with you and your extended family. Merle’s pond is beautiful. Ron and Teresa Hollis

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