Funeral services for Merle Frank Black, 77, Lawrence, will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 3,
2010 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery immediately following the service. Mr. Black died March 31, 2010 at the University of Kansas Hospital.
Merle was born May 4, 1932 in Clinton, KS the son of Frank M. and Mattie (Tarpy)
Black. He was a veteran of the US Army, 101st Airborne Division, he was stationed in Alaska and Kentucky during the Korean War.
He was a dairyman and farmer, with his father, near Williamstown(rural Perry). In October, 1967, he started work for Heetco in Lawrence and was promoted to manager of the Heetco office in Overbrook in 1979, where he remained until his retirement in May, 1997. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, American Legion Post 0142 in Perry and the Williams Fund at KU.
He married Beverly (Brunton) Rogge on Dec. 27, 1980 in Lawrence, KS. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two daughters: Connie Black and Ann Chamberlain,
Houston, TX; two sons: Ken Black, Houston, and Scott Black, Nowata, OK; three stepdaughters: Kate Rogge, Pam Begert and husband Mark, Lawrence; Tish Rogge, Milwaukee, WI; and two stepsons: Rich Rogge and wife Barb, Overland Park, and John Rogge, Lawrence. He is survived by four sisters: Dorothy Schaake, Lawrence; his twin, Mildred Furstenau and husband Wally, Mesa, AZ; Marian DeHart and husband Don, and Alberta McPike, Topeka. Seventeen grandchildren: Megan, Tim, Aaron, Alyssa, Ryan, Jeramy, Cailey, Brayden, Abygale, Josh, Dan, Kim, Ali, Stephen, Elizabeth, Alex and Kelsey.
Visitation will be from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the mortuary. Memorials in his name made to the American Cancer Society, or an organization of the donor’s
choice, and may be sent to Warren- McElwain Mortuary.