Merle Maples, 80

Merle Kenneth Maples, 80, passed away at his home in Wabash, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

He was born on April 8, 1938, in Highsplint, Ky., to the late Victor and Ella (Johnson) Maples.

A son of a coal miner, he spent his early years in Harlan County.  Merle served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960.  Merle started working at Wabash Alloys in 1961.  He worked as the Production Manager for 20 years and retired as the Plant Manager. He spent over 40 hardworking years at Wabash Alloys.

Merle married his sweetheart, Phyllis Jean Melzoni, on July 16, 1958, in Marlow, Tenn.  Together, they had fours sons and one daughter. 

He is survived by sons, Merle K. (Lisa) Maples Jr., of Fort Wayne, Mark K. Maples, of Peru, and Matthew K. (Amy) Maples, of Huntington; daughter, Melissa (David) Harrell of Clinton, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Maples, his brother, Aurbin Maples and four sisters, Chlola Maples, Freda Mullins, Truma Card and Lana Burchett, and his son, Mitchell K. Maples and grandchild, Mitchell K. Maples, Jr.
Merle was a wonderful man that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished.  He will be remembered as a loving father, a patient and supportive "Papaw" and a US Air Force Veteran.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, with his friend, former coworker and Pastor Tim Prater officiating the service. Burial will follow immediately at Friends Cemetery in Wabash.

Visitation hours will be on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, from 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2019 Feb 21