Roanoke-Merlyn Getz, 77, of Roanoke, IL went to be with the Lord
at 6:08 am on Friday, December 7, 2012 at his residence.
He was born on March 6, 1935 in Eureka, IL a son of Jesse and
Laura Rocke Getz. He married Jan Martin on August 18, 1957 in
Roanoke, IL. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Lorna (Jim) Ott; Boni (Dan)
Oltman; Joan Wilson; two sons, Milt (Jen) Getz; Chad (Crystal) Getz
all of Roanoke, IL; one sister, Verla (Daniel) Wiegand of Eureka,
IL; three brothers, Melvin (Margaret) Getz of Peoria, IL; Allan
(Nathalia) Getz of Eureka, IL; Jerry (Raylene) Getz of Roanoke, IL;
eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Merlyn owned and operated Roanoke Fire Equipment until his
retirement in 2011. He served on the Roanoke Fire and Rescue Squad
for 46 years and was currently serving as Vice President of the
Roanoke Fire Protection District Board.
Merlyn was known for his passion and willingness to help others
and serve the Lord. He loved horses, enjoyed antiques, gardening,
and spending time with his family.
He was a member of the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church where
funeral services will be held at 10 am on Monday, December 10,
2012. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be from 1-4
pm on Sunday at the Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke
and from 9:00-9:45am on Monday at the church. Burial will be in the
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke Fire
Department or Roanoke Ambulance. Online condolences may be sent to
the family at knappjohnsonharris.com.
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