Merlin W Vancil

Born: Mon., Oct. 27, 1941
Died: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017


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Merlin W. Vancil, of Litchfield IL, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:42 P.M. at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Merlin was born on October 27, 1941 in Litchfield, IL, a son of Marion W. & Selena (Lansing) Vancil.

He married the former Billie Jean Glass on June 16, 1961 in Hillsboro, IL and she survives.

Mr. Vancil was a mechanic for the Teamsters and an independent truck driver; he was also the owner of Vancil Truck Repair in Litchfield.

Merlin enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Merlin is survived by his wife, Billie Jean of Litchfield, IL

Daughter,                            Judith “Judy” Ann (Michael) Phipps of Litchfield, IL

Grandson,                           M. Cole (companion Sarah Painter) Phipps of Litchfield, IL

Brothers,                             Charles Vancil of Colorado, James “Henry” Vancil of Texas, Terry Vancil of Rend Lake, IL  & Lee Vancil of Jerseyville, IL

Sisters,                                 Helen Schmidt of Litchfield, IL, Lilly Lucier of North Carolina, Lora Herr of Oregon  &        Anna Newingham of Litchfield, IL

Several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents , sister, Stella Mae Houge & Brother, Clarence Vancil

Private family services were held at Litchfield Family Funeral Service in Litchfield, IL.

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Hal Simpson
   Posted Wed October 25, 2017
My thoughts and prayers for God’s peace to comfort and surround you all with neverending hope and everlasting peace to continue to be with your family as you celebrate Merlin’s life. My memories stretch back some 60+ years of Merlin’s athletics on the Ida J Russell School playground where Merlin was the biggest and the best!

Judith Garrett
   Posted Wed October 25, 2017
Billie and Judy so sorry for your loss.

Paul Compton
   Posted Thu October 26, 2017
It was with great sadness that I learned of Merlin's passing; please accept my heartfelt condolences. I remember how excited we all were to get our amateur radio licence, and how excited me dog got when Merlin pulled into my drive to pick me up to go hunting. He will be missed by all.

Linda Webb
   Posted Thu October 26, 2017
Billie and Judy i am so sorry to hear about Merlin just heard it on the radio. sending prayers for all of you

Deck and Donna
   Posted Sat October 28, 2017
Sure sorry to read of Merlin’s passing. He fought a good fight and made it much longer than many expected. While I was in North Dakota earlier this month I thought of him and the many swell hunts we had together. Again, very sorry for your familys’ loss

Jane Schoen
   Posted Mon October 30, 2017
Billie and Judy so sorry for your loss. He was a great neighbor and friend.

Janet Conner
   Posted Wed November 01, 2017
To you and your family Lee sincere sympathy.. It's been a long time since I seen you...but God is watching over your dad and all of you's God Bless and sorry for your loss

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