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Leslie "Les" Kelton Merrill (1944-2013) Obituary

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Leslie "Les" Kelton Merrill (1944-2013) Obituary

Posted: 1369758607000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Merrill, Wellard
Post Register, 05/28/13

Leslie "Les" Kelton Merrill, 69, of Salem, died peacefully Sunday morning, May 26, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with pneumonia. Les was born Feb. 15, 1944, in Preston, Idaho, to Kelton and Helen Merrill. He graduated from Preston High in the spring of 1962.

That fall, he started school at Ricks College, where he met the love of his life, Linda Wellard.

Les was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission to the Eastern United States.

Les and Linda were married April 16, 1965, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and have lived in Salem, Idaho, their entire marriage. They were blessed with five children and 16 grandchildren.

He worked many years in construction and at the INL, with his last 20 years at Walmart in Rexburg.

Les was a man of service; he loved to serve his family, neighbors and fellow man. He spent 20 years working with the Cowboy Poets of Idaho, where he traveled all over Idaho providing the sound for their gatherings. He also volunteered 20 years with the Madison County Fair, providing the sound for their talent shows and entertainment. In the fall of 2011, Les and Linda were awarded the Dennis Olsen Volunteer Award at the Republican Convention, where he spent eight years providing the sound.

Les had many hobbies; he loved the outdoors, photography, sound, lapidary, woodworking, leatherwork, knot tying and braiding, to name a few. His greatest joy and accomplishment was his family. Nothing was more important to him than family.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Wellard Merrill; his children, Sandra (Brett) Rosier, Sherrie Bowen, Jeremy (Heather) Merrill, Jason (Lori) Merrill and Christina (Robby) Noble; as well as 16 grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Helen Merrill; a brother, David (Roberta) Merrill; and his sisters, Kathryn Merrill, Annette (Norbert) Weber and Karren (Brett) Fitzgerald.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Salem LDS Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Flamm Funeral Home and again from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church prior to services. Interment will be in Wilford Cemetery.

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Published in Post Register on May 28, 2013

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