Merle Morris Varnell was promoted to Heaven on May 30, 2019 just shy of his 82nd birthday. He passed away at home, comfortably, with his loving family. He was a Navy Veteran, stationed on the USS Grouper Submarine in the 1950's. A native of Pueblo, Colorado, he loved fishing, music, lawn mowing, and his dogs.

Survived by his devoted wife, Kitty, they married in 1975, and blended their two families together. Merle battled dementia in recent years, but never lost his sense of humor and ornery disposition. His wife bravely remained his primary caretaker and constant support.

In Heaven he is happily greeting his Mother, Alice; Father, Maury; Step-Father, Lee; as well as Lora and Merlyn, Winston, Jim Swan, and other loved ones.

His family was his world, and he is also survived by: his children, Trevor and wife, Lori, Todd, Tim and Terri, Jere and wife, Gina, Stephanie and husband, Josh, and Brandi and husband, Jeff; his sister, Sharon; and his 11 grandchildren, Nathan, Dillon, Teresa, Courtney, Jere, Hannah, Leah, Eli, Jordan, Otto, and Bellamy.

Services were held on Monday, June 3, 2019. Donations can be made to Good Shepard Hospice.

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