Merle F. Siebring, 85, of Tecumseh, passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home in Tecumseh.

Merle F. Siebring, 85, of Tecumseh, passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home in Tecumseh.
He was born Dec. 26, 1925, to Edward and Lena (Kohl) Siebring, in Danforth, Ill.
Merle was raised and attended Kern’s school in Danforth.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 43rd Engineer Construction Battalion, in Tokyo, Japan.  After being honorably discharged from the military, he owned and operated a service station in Chickasha. He later worked as parks manger in Florida for many years before moving to Tecumseh and has lived ever since.
He married Margaret Arms-Hill on Nov. 4, 1988, in Tecumseh.
Merle attended the Pentecostal Church of God in Tecumseh. He enjoyed making cakes for family, friends and business for special occasions and loved to travel. Merle loved handing out candy to kids and everyone he came in contact with and became known as the Candy Man wherever he went.
He was preceded in death by parents; three brothers, Melvin, Allen, and Hank Siebring; sister, Evenly Siebring; son, Mark Siebring; granddaughter, Tonya Pannelli; and brother-in-law, Curtis Ray Arms.
Merle is survived by his wife, Margaret, of the home; son, Michael Siebring, of Port Richie, Fla.; daughter, Donna Northern, of Carbondale, Ill.; step-daughters and spouses, Paula and Wayne Dibler of Shawnee and Debbie and Bob Bailey of Tecumseh; sister-in-law, Marie Siebring, Danforth; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rondy and Linda Arms of Shawnee and Alvin and Ruthalene Arms of Tecumseh; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Visitation will begin 8 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, and continue through time of service. Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Tecumseh Pentecostal Church of God with Brother Fred Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.  
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