Merrill lives on in the hearts of his family: his sister Hazel Zink, his sons John Athon, Mark Athon, Paul Athon, Phillip Athon, and grandchildren Adriana Athon, Ashten Athon, Justin Athon, Nicholas Athon, Tyler Athon, Heather Athon, Sophia Athon and many cherished Nieces and Nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Lois Athon, his precious daughter Marilyn who had Downs Syndrome, parents Howard and Roberta Athon and brothers, Robert Athon and Donald Athon.
Family and friends are invited to a Memorial in Celebration of Life which will began with visitation on Monday July 31, 2017, at 12:00 PM with the service to follow at 1:00 PM at Hillcrest Covenant Church, 8801 Nall Ave, Prairie Village, KS 66207. Military Honors will be conducted immediately following at Johnson County Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210. Flowers and contributions may be made to Hillcrest Covenant Church to continue the Lord’s work.