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Mervin Shook


November 12, 1926
July 10, 2018

Visitation 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Friday, July 13, 2018 & 10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 14, 2018- Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia
Funeral 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia

Mervin G. Shook, 91, of Centralia, IL entered into eternal rest Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at his home. He was born on November 12, 1926 the son of Elmer and Minnie (Kruse) Shook in Centralia, IL. He married Darline Thompson on February 26, 1954 in Flora, IL and she preceded him in death on September 4, 2013.

Survivors include his loving children, Larry Shook and wife Daphna of Centralia, IL, Marla Cameron and husband Mark of Ashley, IL; 5 grandchildren, Michael Shook, (Kristen Sleeper) of Birmingham, AL, Natalie Higgerson of Nashville, IL, Keith Cameron and wife Jesse of Maryville, IL; great-grandchildren, Madilyn Rose Cameron, and Chesney Rae Cameron special niece, Pat Thomas; nephew, Darrell Shook; and special caregiver, Bonnie Ullrick.

Along with his wife of 59 years, Mervin was preceded in death by both his parents; sisters, Mildred Kugel, and Irene Shook; brothers, Chris Shook, and Clifford Shook; step-son, Gloyd David Koch.

Mervin was a Navy veteran who proudly served his country in WWII. He completed boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes and also received underwater demolition training at Fort Pierce. Mervin was honorably discharged in 1946. He was proud of his time he served in the Navy and loved the smell of saltwater as it reminded him of that period in his life. Mervin, along with three generations of his family, were honored to meet Senator Bob Dole during Mervin’s Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2009. Mervin was also recognized for his service at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital where he was pinned at the hospice program’s We Honor Veteran’s Hospice Professionals on a Mission to Serve Ceremony in 2018. He continued to be a lifelong member of the Centralia American Legion Post 446 and Centralia VFW Post 2055 where he served on burial detail. Mervin was also a Mason.

Mervin was a faithful member of the Friedens United Church of Christ. After he graduated eighth grade, Mervin earned his GED and also completed classes to repair small motors at Kaskaskia College. He drove for Bunny Bread during his family’s early years to provide for them. Mervin retired from the railroad as a fireman, car-man and maintenance worker. Never one to sit idle, after retirement, he started his own lawn mower repair business and drove a bus for the Kaskaskia workshop.

Mervin was definitely a friendly fellow, never one to meet a stranger, he loved to talk and always had a good joke to share. He will truly be missed by his special friends that felt like family at the Downtown Lounge. He enjoyed “tinkering” with motors, watching Nascar and country western movies. Mervin and his wife had a wonderful, loving relationship and loved to dance. He will be remembered as a devoted family man, Papa and Great-Grandpa Merv.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia, IL with Rev. Stacy Tate officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday, July 13, 2018 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers or gift items, memorials may be made in Mervin’s honor to Friedens United Church of Christ or SSM Hospice. Online condolence and memories of Mervin may be shared with the family at and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.