Merle Tennis


September 19, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Merle C. Tennis, 92, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Heritage Health Care Center, Chanute. 

Merle was born Aug. 17, 1920, in rural Wilson County, the son of Israel and Leona Mae (Trapp) Tennis. He graduated from Chanute High School with honors in 1939. 

He was united in marriage Sept. 6, 1953, to Laurilla Fursman. They made their home in Chanute, where in addition to many other interests and pursuits, Merle raised cattle and horses and supported his family as a successful farmer, utilizing the long-time family farm.

He is survived by his wife, Laurilla, of the home; his son, David Tennis and his wife April, Chanute; a brother, Dean Edward Tennis, Meade; a sister, Florence Marie Carlburg, Wichita; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Merle was preceded in death by his son, Bryan Anthony Tennis; two sisters, Helen Louise Rinehart and Ruth Frances Thielen; and two brothers, Marvin Tennis and Richard “Dick” Tennis.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Chanute. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Chanute.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at the church. 

The family suggests contributions to First Presbyterian Church, Chanute, and may be left with Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel or at the church. 

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