Merle Harold Stichnote of Steelville, Missouri was born September 1, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri to Harold and Cordelia Schrier Stichnote and passed away Thursday, November 29, 2019 at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 28 days.
He married Carolyn Smotherman in Red Bud, Illinois in April of 1960.
Merle graduated from Fairview High School in Jennings, Missouri.
He was employed at May Rose Packing Company in St. Louis, Missouri for 14 years and later was a mail carrier out of the U.S. Post Office in Cuba, Missouri retiring in the year 2000. Merle was also a fishing guide on the lower Meramec River.
He was a past deacon at the Jennings Presbyterian Church. Merle was one of the founding members of the first Optimist Club in Steelville, Missouri, which now is the Steelville Country Club.
He and his wife Carolyn enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and internationally.
He loved playing softball and did so for 50 years even playing in the Senior Show-Me games when he was in his 60’s. Merle was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Cordelia Stichnote.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn Stichnote of Steelville, Missouri; one son, Mike (Kim) Stichnote of Ashland, Missouri; one daughter, Lynn (Steve Barnes) Stichnote of Rolla, Missouri; five grandchildren, Zachary (Megan) Barnes, Andrew Barnes, Amanda (Jon) Melloway, Alexandra Stichnote and Sam Stichnote; three great grandchildren, Chase, Cayden and Chloe; one brother, Allen (Julie) Stichnote of Jennings, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
The family chose cremation as the final disposition. Plans for a Celebration of Life will be at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.