Merle S. Schilling, 84, of 831 Sewickley Street, Ellwood City entered from Ellwood City Hospital on Saturday morning, October 3 2009, into the Kingdom of God.
He was born in Rossiter, Indiana Co., on Nov.30 1924 to the late George C. and Margaret Ada Setree Schilling. He was a bricklayer and carpenter, and built many houses, and also worked as foreman and later general foreman at the former Babcock and Wilcox Co. (McDermott) in Koppel and Wallace Run.
,br> A decorated veteran of the US Navy in WWII, he served on landing crafts as a signalman first class, earning five battle stars for the Pacific and the Phillippine Liberation campaigns.
He was dedicated to his community and received the Distinguished Service Award for Ellwood City in 2006, and to his church, as a lifetime active member of First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City. He was a trustee, and served on lay leadership and pastor relations committees., and received the Cross and Flame Award from the Church.
He was the unofficial historian of Rock Point Park, and led tours there, which led to its preservation, and a plaque from the Lawrence County Commissioners.
He was active in scouting from the age of 11, received the 70 years of scouting award in 2007, the Varsity K Award in 2001, Distinguished Friend of Scouting Award from Moraine Trails Council 1999, and earned the Silver Beaver Award in 1967. He currently was chairman of Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop 806.
He also was a member of the Veteran Honor Guard, VFW#599; American Legion Post 157, where he received a plaque of appreciation in 2007, and Ellwood Historical Society.
He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerna Ruth Welsh Schilling, who died April 15 1996. They were married October 24 1947.
He is survived by two sons, a daughter-in-law, and one daughter: William S. and Bernadette Schilling of Milford PA; Merle L. (Butch) Schilling of Perry Twp.; and Arlene Schilling of Ellwood City.
Eleven grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren also survive, as well as one sister and one brother: Margaret (and Joseph) Parise of Ellwood City; and Harold (and Peggy) Schilling of Avon Park FL. He was preceded by four brothers and one sister: Charles, Clarence, George and Daniel Schilling, and Eleanor Robotham.
Friends will be received from 7-9 PM on Monday Oct.5 and 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Tuesday, Oct.6 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME OF ELLWOOD CITY, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.
Friends may also call from 10-11 AM on Wednesday, Oct. 7 in First United Methodist Church, Ellwood City, where a celebration of his life service will be at 11:00 AM.
Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 416 Crescent Avenue, Ellwood City PA 16117 or to Moraine Trails Council BSA, 830 Morton Avenue Ext., Butler PA 16001. Send Flowers / Gift Basket | Sign Guest Book (Online Condolence) | View Guest Book | Send Condolence (Offline)