Merle Kenneth Green

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Merle Kenneth Green Obit photoMerle Kenneth Green, age 103, a resident of the Cameron Veterans Home in Cameron and former longtime resident of Lathrop, Missouri, passed away Thursday evening, July 4, 2024, at North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Missouri. Merle was born on July 4, 1921, the son of Oscar Lee and Elizabeth Cynthia (Knapple) Green in Winston, Missouri. He grew up in Winston and was a 1940 graduate of Winston High School. He was baptized early in life and joined the First Christian Church of Lathrop.

Merle was united in marriage to Frances Mary Funnell on May 24, 1953, and to this union, four children were born. Fran passed away in 1982. Merle married Mildred Bullock on August 11, 1984, and Merle gained three sons. Merle served in the United States Army Air Corps, later becoming the United States Air Force. During his over 20 years of service, he served in three conflicts: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. At the time of his retirement from the Armed Forces, he was a Senior Master Sergeant. Following his military career, he worked for TWA as an aircraft mechanic.

Merle was an active member of the Lathrop American Legion Post #467. He was also a member of the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor & Engine Association and the TWA Senior Club. Merle loved hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors with family. At the age of 89, he climbed a tree to get in a deer stand. Merle particularly enjoyed fishing at Truman and Smithville Lakes. He liked a good joke and loved to laugh; he enjoyed life. Merle’s family has fond memories of watching him laugh. He loved working on things, and he could fix anything. Merle will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Frances Mary Green; and brothers, Noble Green, Lyle Green, and Karl Green. He is survived by his wife, Millie, of Cameron, Missouri; seven children: Kevin Green (Pam) of Branson, Missouri, Craig Green (Roxanne) of St. Joseph, Missouri, Shawna Wallace (Richard) of Weston, Missouri, David Green (Judy) of Winter Garden, Florida, David Bullock (Lori) of Eagan, Minnesota, Brian Bullock (Jill) of Overland Park, Kansas, and Ron Bullock (Tami) of Lathrop, Missouri; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; other extended family members also survive.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church of Lathrop in care of the funeral home. A service celebrating Merle’s life will be held at noon, on Monday, July 8, 2024, at the First Christian Church in Lathrop. The family will begin receiving friends at 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Lathrop Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Lathrop (816) 740-4658.

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