Merle Burton, 59, of Benton, Mo. died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at his home in Benton.
He was born Jan. 7, 1943, son of Allen and Ethel Coffman Burton. He and Ann Foster were married on Aug. 22, 1961.
Burton was a self-employed truck driver.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Terry and Michael 'Slugger' Burton both of Sikeston; one daughter, Teresa Gross of Benton; one brother, Bill Burton of Vanduser, Mo.; three sisters, Jewel Barrick and Pear Rhodes both of Vanduser and Irene Holt of Port Hueneme, Calif. and seven grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston. The Rev. William Marshall will officiate, with burial in Blodgett Cemetery in Blodgett.