WILMINGTON-Mervin Paul Strong, 63, of Wilmington, passed away at his home on Monday, March 6, 2017.
Born Oct. 19, 1953 in Joliet, he was the son of the late James and Anna (Sheets) Strong. He was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1972. He was a farmer as well as a carpenter up until retirement. In his free time he enjoyed beekeeping, woodwork and building bird houses, but treasured his time spent with family.
Mervin is survived by his son, Jason Edwards, of Carterville; grandson, Mason Edwards; brothers and sisters: Sherlene Martin, of Virginia; James M. (Vickie) Strong, Delores Boyd, Mark Strong, Mary Brock, and Rita VanDuyne, all of Wilmington; Betty (Larry) Salzburg, of Dwight, and Billie (Bill) Wofford, of Casey, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Shirley Thorton, Beverly Clawson and Patricia "Patti" Strong; brother, Donald Lee Strong, and nephew Kenneth Brock.
Visitation is Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 4 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 7 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 Kahler Rd., Wilmington. Per Mervin's wishes cremation rites will be accorded following the service.
Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Mervin's memorial page on social media by logging onto www.BaskervilleFuneral.com.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.