Services were held on Saturday, Sept, 14, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Enns, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Dreamland Cemetery.
Merrell was born on Oct. 8, 1946 in Canyon to Joe and Minnie Lou Merrill Winstead. He married Jan Bennett on June 14, 1969.
Merrell spent 34 years working for the Texas Highway Department as an assistant engineer. He loved horses and farmed close to Happy.
He was a member of the Randall County Sheriff’s Posse, the domino group on the square, Happy Senior Citizens, the card group at the elevator in Happy and the First United Methodist Church of Canyon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Kathryn Hefner and brother, Joe Marlin Winstead.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jan; two daughters, Monica and husband Patrick Avery and Donna and husband Brian Knight; grandchildren, Trip and Bash Avery, Dustin and Samantha Knight; and a sister, Brenda Winstead. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Neal Bennett; and nieces, Tammie Purvines and family, Jamie Moore and family and Stacie Pahl and family, all of Panhandle.
The family would like to thank everyone at Kindred Hospice and True Blessings.