Merle J. McIntosh, 87, of Richmond, IN passed away on May 6, 2017 at Friends


He was born April 8, 1930 in New Salisbury, IN to the late Victor and Kathryn McIntosh.

On May 28, 1950 he married Louise Sieveking, who survives.

Also surviving are son Michael (Elaine) McIntosh of Muncie; daughter Cheryl (Garry)

Kleer of Richmond; grandchildren Michelle Consolino, Karissa (Christopher) Mullett,

Elizabeth (James) Doster, and David (Sarah) Kleer; and great-grandchildren Vincent and

Dominic Consolino, Charlotte Mullett, and Benjamin and Zachary Doster.

Merle graduated from Morgan Township High School and worked at Wennings Meat

Packing Company as a salesman until he retired. He served as Jackson Township Trustee

and on the school board of North Central School Corporation. He was an active member

of the Crandall Masonic Lodge #591, and joined Webb Lodge #24 when he moved to

Richmond. He received his 50-year service award in 2015. Merle was an active member

of the Shriners, helping with their can collection and transporting children to the Shriners

Hospital for Children in Lexington, KY. He attended New Salisbury United Methodist

Church and later Central United Methodist Church. He was proud to own his family’s

farm and always considered himself a farmer. Merle was an avid sports fan and

particularly enjoyed Indiana basketball and the Cincinnati Reds. He also enjoyed time

with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Glen, Wayne, and Weldon McIntosh; his twin

Harold McIntosh, and great-granddaughter Gabrielle Consolino.

The family would like to thank Friends Fellowship and AseraCare Hospice for their love

and compassion.

Graveside service with Masonic rites will be held on Saturday, May 20 th at 11:00am at

Bethlehem Cemetery in Crandall, IN. Reception will follow at New Salisbury United

Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children Lexington or New Salisbury United Methodist, 7455 Hwy

135, New Salisbury, IN 47374.

Swarens Funeral Home, Ramsey, IN was in charge of the arrangements.