Merle C. Tennis
Merle C. Tennis, age 92, passed away Monday, September 17, 2012, at Heritage Health Care Center, Chanute, Kansas.
Merle was born August 17, 1920, in rural Wilson County, Kansas, the son of Israel and Leona Mae (Trapp) Tennis. He graduated from Chanute High School, with honors, in 1939.
He was united in marriage on September 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. Over the years he also worked at Mid-America Refinery, then for the 413 School District driving a school bus. He also painted boat trailers and worked at Kenny Keas Orchard where he picked a lot of apples and made apple cider.
He is survived by his wife, Laurilla, of the home; his son, David Tennis and his wife April, of Chanute, Kansas; a brother, Dean Edward Tennis of Meade, Kansas; a sister, Florence Marie Carlburg of Wichita, Kansas; 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 Louis Rinehart and Ruth Frances Thielen; and brothers, Marvin Tennis and Richard “Dick” Tennis.
Services were held Friday, September 21, 2012, at 10:30 am at the First Presbyterian Church, Chanute, Kansas. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery, Chanute, Kansas.
The family suggests contributions to the First Presbyterian Church, Chanute, Kansas and may be left at the funeral home or at the church.
Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel was in charge of arrangements.