Merrill E. Taber, 82, of rural Atkinson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village, surrounded by his family. A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht officiated. Burial followed at St. Anthony’s Cemetery where military honors were accorded by the Atkinson American Legion Post. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 14 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary was recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Atkinson Rescue Squad or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Merrill E. Taber, 82, of rural Atkinson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village, surrounded by his family. A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht officiated. Burial followed at St. Anthony’s Cemetery where military honors were accorded by the Atkinson American Legion Post. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 14 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. A rosary was recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Atkinson Rescue Squad or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Merrill was born April 17, 1936, the son of Gordon and Alice (Atwell) Taber. He graduated from Atkinson High School with the Class of 1954. Merrill married Marian Claeys on Oct. 20, 1956, in Atkinson. Marian preceded him in death on Oct. 27, 1988. Merrill was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in rural Atkinson, where he farmed the family farm. He served on the Atkinson Fire Department, Atkinson School Board, Atkinson American Legion Post, and the Moose Lodge for several years. Merrill enjoyed deer hunting and attending his grandchildren and great- grandchildren’s events.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Tina (Bob) Floming, of Atkinson; Kim (Marv) VerStraete, of Atkinson; Brenda (Guy) Gripp, of Annawan; Mike (Pat) Taber, of Atkinson; Anita Park, of Atkinson; Mark (Jori Shull) Taber, of Cameron; Tonya Taber, of Indiana; and Lin (Justin) Ebbert, of Annawan; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Edley Hamer, of Atkinson; and his special friend, Lorrie Jurgensen, of Atkinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Alice; wife, Marian; brother, Gordon “Coxie” Taber; sister, Donetta Wainwright; son-in-law, Chris Brieser; and great-granddaughter, Emma VerStraete.