Augusta – Merle Duane Ehret, 90, passed away on Thursday (May 16, 2019).

Merle was born on Oct.20, 1928 in Gordon to Don and Hazel (Cotton) Ehret. He was united in marriage to Barbara Chappell on Sept.10, 1948. They were married for 70 years. Merle was an engineer and equipment operator. He was a pilot, enjoyed painting, building things and gardening. Merle loved his family very much.

Merle is survived by his wife Barbara; George Duane Ehret of El Dorado, Deborah Knight of Augusta, Marcie and husband Dennis Louton of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Valerie and husband Martin Maleport of Augusta;  nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

Merle is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Don Sam Ehret, Jack Ehret, Rusty Glenn Ehret, Donnie Jene and Opal Ross, Shirley Ehret.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m.  Sunday (May 19, 2019) and funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday (May 20, 2019), both at Dunsford Funeral Home in Augusta.  Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery also in Augusta.

The family wishes Memorial Contributions be made out to the American Legion, left in care of the Dunsford Funeral Home. 201 East Fifth, Augusta, KS 67010.