Posted by: JP | December 21, 2008


Merle Shoulders, Jr., 40, of Lawrenceville, IL passed away December 21, 2008 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN.  He was born October 12, 1968, in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Merle E. Shoulders, Sr. and Dorothy (Sharum) Shoulders. He married Evone Harrell June 29, 1990 and she survives.   Merle worked for the Lawrenceville City Street Department for 15 years. He was a member of the Lawrenceville Elks and Moose.

Merle is survived by his wife, Evone (Harrell) Shoulders of Lawrenceville; his father and step-mother Merle, Sr. and Hazel (Rich) Shoulders of Birds, IL; his mother Dorthy (Sharum) Shoulders of Lawrenceville, IL; two sons Nathen and Dusten both at home; one step-son William Floyd of Bonifay, FL; eight brothers Brian and Jamie Shoulder of Vincennes, IN, Gary and Angela Shoulders, Jason and Jeannie Shoulders, Randy and Rita Shoulders, Travis Shoulders, Patrick O’Neal and Joshua Coffman all of Lawrenceville and Larry and Suzanne Cessna of Bothell, WA; two sisters Vicki Shoulders of Tacoma, WA and Wendy and Ed Reese of Birds, IL.  Merle is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm with a memorial service at 6:00 pm at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, IL.  There will be no burial.  The body will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.


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