Merle Gene Eberle, age 86, of Scranton, passed away on May 4, at his winter residence in Titusville, Florida.
Born on August 30, 1927 at Lake Benton, Minnesota, he was the son of Elmer and Esther (Clayton) Eberle. His family moved to Scranton when Merle was eight years old. He attended and graduated from Scranton High School in 1945. He served in the United States Navy for two years following high school. Merle then attended and graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake in 1953. While attending Buena Vista Merle met his lifelong friend and companion Charlotte Lockey. After college he moved back to Scranton and worked as a stone mason doing jobs in the Scranton area in the warmer months and in Arizona during the winters. In 1958 Merle and his brothers Duane and Ron went into business with their father at Eberle Mobil Gas Station in Scranton. Merle served as a Greene County Supervisor from 1979 – 1990 and on the Scranton Telephone Company board for several years. After his retirement he enjoyed spending the winters in Florida with Charlotte and traveling. Merle was a private pilot and logged many hours flying throughout the country and with the Flying Farmers making several trips to Central America. He was a member of the Scranton United Methodist Church and the V.F.W. Merle enjoyed having coffee with his friends at the congregate meal site in Scranton and playing Dominos with his friends and family.
Merle is survived by three sisters: LuEtta Pleshek and her husband Harry of Mims, Florida, Phyllis Vollstedt of Manning and Gwen Register and her husband “Cash” of Mims, Florida; a brother Ronald Eberle and his wife Madge of Altoona; and several nieces and nephews.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents, his friend Charlotte, a sister Nadine Black and her husband Alvin, a brother Duane Eberle, and a niece Rhonda Hagge and her daughter Elizabeth.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Scranton United Methodist Church with Pastor Lynn Gunderson officiating. Organist for the service will be Lula Garnes and congregational hymns will be “In the Garden” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. A private family burial will be held in the Scranton Township Cemetery. The family will greet friends at a reception following the service in the church fellowship hall. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandowoodhouse.com