Merle was a partner in S.A.M. Builders of Forreston/Shannon, Illinois, for 25 years. He built the home where he and Helen raised their children in Forreston. After retirement, Merle and Helen moved to the Branson area where he was the owner of M.G.M. Builder and SunRooms 4-U. Merle was a Deacon and head of grounds and maintenance at Pines Community Christian Church in Blue Eye, Missouri. He enjoyed attending his children’s sports activities. Merle traveled the country watching his son, Randy race the A.M.A motorcycle circuit for several years. Since 1980, He loved camping and was a member of the Good Sam Club, AR Roadrunners, NDNDCC and Park Hosted at Bull Shoals State Park in Arkansas for 15 years. Most of all, his three-year-old granddaughter was the joy of his heart. Merle will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Roger Klinefelter, a niece, Beth Miller, and his mother-in-law Emily Tillett.
Merle is survived by his wife of 40 years, Helen Mennenga of the home; a son, Randall Mennenga of Murrieta, California; a daughter, Jennifer Mennega, and granddaughter, Skyye Mennenga, both of Freeport, Illinois; two sisters, Eunice Miller and husband Norman of German Valley, Illinois, Diane Klinefelter of Shannon, Illinois; a brother, Wayne Mennenga and wife Jean of Pecatonica, Illinois; and his father-in-law, Jesse Tillett of Blue Eye, Missouri.
A celebration of life will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Pines Community Christian Church in Blue Eye, with Pastor Pat McDonnell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Merle may be made to the church building fund.