GREENVILLE — Merle Junior Besecker, age 89, a resident of Rest Haven in Greenville, died Saturday, August 15, 2020, just 12 days after his beloved wife, Ethel. He was born June 23, 1931 in Darke County to the late Russell Lee and Mae (Helman) Besecker.

Merle was a U.S. National Guard veteran, and retired from BF Goodrich where he worked for 37 years. He was a member of the Covington Church of the Brethren and the Troy Eagles. He enjoyed farming, word search puzzles, and going for rides.

Merle is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 69 years, Ethel (Cole) Besecker; two great-grandsons; brothers, Lee, Glen & Dean Besecker; sisters, Evelyn Weyant, Phyllis Riegle and Delores Abernathy.

Merle is survived by his five children, Nancy Fair (Jeff Blackburn) of East Lansing, Mich., Kimberly Bivens of Piqua, Randy (Rhonda) Besecker of Covington, Pamela (Nathan) Harris of Hollansburg and Susan Sanslow of Richmond, Ky.; 13 grandchildren, Nicole Fair of Rockledge, Fla., Christopher Fair of Lansing, Mich., David (Ruth) Brandenburg of Greenville, Michael Brandenburg of Piqua, Mathew Besecker of Greenville, Amanda Ramsey of Union City, Rochele Besecker of Covington, Joshua (Shauna) Belt of Greenville, Jason (Michele) Belt of New Paris, Jacob Belt of Hollansburg, Tabitha Moore of New Madison, Dr. Tyler Sanslow of Boston, Mass., and Brandon (Kristin) Sanslow of Nashville, Tenn.; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service to be held at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice in Greenville. Condolences may be left for the family at

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