Merle G. Knox, 89
G. Knox, 89, of West Bend, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at the
Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in the town of West Bend,
joining his beloved wife Ruth.
He was born on Nov. 17, 1921, in South Milwaukee to Glenn and Myrtle (nee
Megow) Knox. In school Merle was a track and cross country star. He set
records at South Milwaukee High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison
and San Jose State University.
Merle served his country honorably during in World War II in the U.S.
Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946. In 1948, he obtained his teaching degree
at San Jose State University.
Merle again served his country honorably as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954.
On July 1, 1957, he was united in marriage to Ruth Rosnow in Milwaukee.
Later that year, Merle became a teacher and coach in the Oak Creek School
System. In 1963, He earned his masterís in education from Marquette
University. Merle retired from the Naval Reserve in 1968.
He was an active competitor in the Masters Track and Field Club, competing
in the senior division for many years. He was a dedicated Boy Scout leader
of Troop 106 for 31 years and was awarded the "Silver Beaver
Award" by the Boy Scout Council for his dedication and many years of
Merle was a member of the American Legion Cudworth Post 0406 in Milwaukee.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, where he served
on the lodge council chapter consistory, and Tripoli Shrine. He was a
former member of the Kenwood United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Zion
United Methodist Church in Colgate and Fifth Avenue United Methodist
Church in West Bend.
As a musician, Merle played the flute and piccolo. He was a member of the
Tripoli Shrine band, Cudworth Post American Legion Band and West Bend
River City Irregulars.
Merle and Ruth traveled throughout the world where they served working
missions for the United Methodist Church. They also served several working
missions at home as well as volunteered for the Children of the Rock after
school program and helped in summer programs at Pine Lake Lutheran Summer
Merle enjoyed playing cribbage, camping, canoeing, fishing, gardening and
being involved in the music programs at Cedar Communities. He will be
missed by his loved ones.
He is survived by his son, Walter (Harriet) Knox of Hawaii; daughter,
Chere (Rodney) Iverson of Nevada; stepsons, John (Margery) Wahlen of
Mayville and James (Sharon) Wahlen of Hubertus; nine grandchildren;
fourteen great-grandchildren; a brother, the Rev. Howard Knox of West
Bend; many nieces and nephews; and best friends, Charles and Janis Hayden
Merle is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; sisters,
Eleanor Knox and Marion (Casey) Marifke; a brother, Clyde (Ilene) Knox;
and a sister-inlaw, Pearl Knox.
A memorial service in remembrance of Merle will be held on Thursday, July
28, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, 323 S.
5th Ave., West Bend. The Rev. Jeremy Deaner will officiate. Burial will be
in Zion Church Cemetery in Colgate. Visitation will be at the church from
10:30 until the time of the service.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family.
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