Merl Elvin Jones, 91, of Altamont, IL, formerly of Beecher City, IL and Decatur, IL passed away at 1:24 PM Tuesday May 15, 2012 in St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL.

Merl was born July 30, 1920 in Shelby County, IL the son of Lee and Florence Giles Jones.

He married Nellie G. Hunt and she passed away on Jan. 18, 2012.

He was, for many years, employed at the Florsheim Shoe Co. in Chicago, IL.In 2000 he and Nellie moved to Decatur, IL and in 2011 they moved the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont, IL.

Surviving are sons Roger Merl Jones and wife Tina of Beecher City and Norman Dean Jones of Westchester, IL; grandchildren: Tracey Lynn Rogers and husband Dave and Lloyd Roger Jones; great granddaughters: Brooke Rogers and Cheyenne Rogers.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nellie, his parents, son Glenn Lee Jones, brother Ralph Jones and sister Ruby Arnold.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon May 19, 2012 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Beecher City.Pastor Dennis Warner will officiate.Visitation will be one hour before the service.Burial will be in Hubbartt Cemetery, Beecher City.Memorials can be made to the Donorís Choice.On line condolences:www.lockartgreenfuneralhome .com