Merrill M. Lonnen

By Orleans Hub Posted 21 May 2019 at 1:44 pm

Merrill Lonnen

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Merrill M. Lonnen, 75, of Lyndonville, entered into rest on Mon., May 20, 2019 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Born Dec. 30, 1943 in Medina, he was the son of the late Merrill E. and Grace (Buckland) Lonnen. He graduated from Lyndonville High School, class of 1963. A Vietnam veteran, Merrill proudly served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967. In his younger years, he worked in farming. He went on to have a 40-year career as a truck driver and drove for various companies over the years, retiring from Empire Beef in Rochester in 2001. Merrill was a longtime member of the Lyndonville Fire Department. He was also a member of Houseman-Tanner Post #1603 American Legion, the Senior Citizens of Western Orleans, the Johnson Creek Senior Citizen’s Club and the Junior Wilson Sportsmen’s Club.

Merrill is survived by his loving wife, Jacqueline R. (Withey) Lonnen; five children, Daniel (Christine) Houseman, Minnie (Robert) Clark, Kelly (Jon) Howland, James (Emily) Houseman and Jon (Bobbi) Houseman; 11 grandchildren, Brandon (Ashley), Zachary, Felisha and Joshua (Rebeka) Houseman, Kennedy and Jordan Clark, Devon and Derrek Howland, Miya and Tyler Houseman, Alyssa (Devin) Erdle, and Emallee Houseman; his “little buddies,” Cole, Jay, Landon and Logan Houseman, and Annalee and Bowin Erdle; three sisters, Donna (Gene) Hart, Joanne (James) Mandaville and Beverly (Douglas) Winters; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who were dear to him; and his close friend, Dave Wetherbee.

Calling hours will be held on Thu., May 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will be held on Fri., May 24 at 10 a.m. Rev. Daniel A. Thurber will officiate. Burial will be in Lynhaven Cemetery in Lyndonville, with full military honors accorded at graveside. A luncheon will follow at the Lyndonville Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lyndonville Fire Department, P.O. Box 150, Lyndonville NY 14098; or to Houseman-Tanner Post #1603 American Legion, P.O. Box 402, Lyndonville NY 14098.

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