Case, Merl E. 1925-2019

Merl E. Case, age 93, of Warrensburg, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, at St. Lukes East Hospital in Lees Summit.

He was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Yetter, Iowa, the son of Louis and Cora (Blackman) Case and grew up near Stover, Missouri. Following graduation from Stover High School, Merl served in the United States Marine Corp from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Theatre. From Kawai, he traveled to the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, to Guam, Okinawa, and ultimately northern China.

After returning to the United States, Merl attended Central Missouri State College, where he received a BS in Ed degree in 1950. Later he received a MS in Ed degree and EdD degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

While a student at CMSC, Merl met fellow student Genevieve Best. They were married on May 24, 1953, at St. Pauls Methodist Church in Raymore, Missouri.

Merl worked in the Engineering Department at Westinghouse AGT Division for 10 years. The balance of his career was involved in Education including 25 years teaching at the University of Central Missouri.

Baptized at an early age, Merl was a faithful member of the Church throughout his life. He was a member of First United Methodist Church (Warrensburg), Aldersgate Sunday School Class and Methodist Men. In addition to professional organizations, Merl was active for many years in community service including Kiwanis, Scouting and coaching Youth Baseball.

Merl is survived by: his wife, Genevieve of the home; his daughter, Cherilyn (Michael) Beilman, of Scottsdale, Arizona; his son, Mark (Laura) Case, of Haymarket, Virginia; his grandchildren, Janelle (Michael) Thalken, of Albany, Oregon, Caroline Beilman, of Warrensburg, Kevin Case, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kristen Case, of Haymarket, Virginia, and Kaitlyn Case of Haymarket, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by: his siblings, Harold Case, Don Case, Ila May, Ruth Tope, and Mary Mattoon.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. on Monday, June 17, until the service time at 11 a.m. at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home, with George Sample officiating.

Interment will follow the service in Raymore Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Methodist Church, Warrensburg and can be left in care of the funeral home. As published in the Daily Star Journal.

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