Merle F. St. John

Merle F. St. John

Merle F. St. John, 85, longtime resident of Hermiston, died on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Hillsboro, Oregon. He was born on February 19, 1928, in Ecorse, Michigan. He was a longtime resident of Hermiston.

Merle was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army. Merle met his wife, Wanda Danesi, on his tour of duty in Italy. They married on January 12, 1948, in Kalispell, Montana. The couple lived in Montana, Washington state and Oregon. They had lived in the Hermiston area since 1966. Merle had worked at the Umatilla Army Depot.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the VFW Post #4750.

He is survived by nieces Sandra Cann, Karen K. Hayward, and Daniela Martinelli of Lucca, Italy; and nephews Larry Everett, Ronald Ray St. John, and Franco Paoli and Alexsandro Paoli, both of Lucca, Italy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda St. John, in 2006.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at the Hermiston Cemetery on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Viewing will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.

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