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IDAHO FALLS, ID -- Merritt Wheeler Egan, 87, of Idaho Falls, died January 16, 2008, at his home.
He was born November 26, 1920, in Shelton, Idaho, to Howard Erastus Egan and Mary Ethel Wheeler Egan. He grew up and attended school in the area. He served his country in World War II as a Corporal in the United States Army.
On June 15, 1940, he married Betty Irene Lee in Idaho Falls. Together they had four children. He farmed in the Idaho Falls and Ririe areas. He also worked at the Idaho Falls Foundry. In 1951, Merritt and Betty moved their family to Bedford, Wyoming. They owned and operated the Egan’s Sinclair Service Station in Thayne, Wyoming for 18 years. In 1968, Merritt and Betty opened Egan’s Greenhouse in Bedford, Wyoming and operated it until 1999, when they retired and moved back to the Iona area to be nearer to their family. Betty passed away November 25, 2000.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, rock collecting, growing tomatoes, and especially spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren.
Son: Ramon (Valoy) Egan, Jackson, WY
Daughter: Judy (Blaine) Clark, Iona, ID
Son: Michael (Luann) Egan, Idaho Falls, ID
Sister: Margie Stevens, Idaho Falls, ID
9 Grandchildren & 22 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Joan; two grandsons; four brothers; and three sisters.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2008, at the Iona LDS North Stake Center, Iona Road & Ririe Highway, with Eric Astel officiating. The family will visit with friends Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 South Ammon Road, and Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.
Burial will be in the Ririe-Shelton Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home. Military Rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and the Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences received online:
Rod and Cyndee Roberts
We wish to express our love and sincere gratitude for the blessings of having the Egan Family in our lives. We join with you in remembering the joy and happiness that Merritt brought to each of us around him. Some of these fond memories go back fifty years or better--times when maybe he wasn't as fond of the memories as were we.
We regret that we are unable to be there in person, but wish to express our love and say, "Farewell for a short season." Know that we are with you in spirit.
Please accept our sincere sorrow for your loss! We love and appreciate each of you, and our prayers are with you.
May the Lord be with you and keep you safe, and may you feel the warmth of His love forever!
Love and Best Wishes Always, R od and Cyndee
We wish to express our deepest sympathy at the passing of your father and brother. We are grateful for the friendship and great association we had with Merritt and his family. We are sorry we cannot attend the viewing and funeral. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord comfort you in the arms of His love at this time of sorrow.
Love, Hugh and Ruby Sharp and family.
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Wood Funeral Home
Idaho Falls, ID