Merle C. Tennis, 92, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Heritage Health Care Center, Chanute.
Merle was born August 17, 1920, in rural Wilson County, the son of Israel and Leona Mae Trapp Tennis. He graduated Chanute High School, with honors, in 1939.
He was united in marriage on 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, of Chanute; a brother, Dean Edward Tennis of Meade; a sister, Florence Marie Carlburg of 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, his sisters, Helen Louise Rinehart and Ruth Frances Thielen, and brothers, Marvin Tennis and Richard “Dick” Tennis.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 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 at the funeral home, or at the church.
Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
To leave a special message for the family on-line, visit www.PenwellGabelChanute.com