Sterling Merrigan


Sterling Francis (Bud) Merrigan passed away March 21, 2011 in Shawnee, KS after a valiant battle with colon cancer. He was surrounded in death by his daughters, sister Liz and brother Jeff.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorene Merrigan; son, Tregg Jon Merrigan; his parents, Hazel and John Earl Merrigan; and sisters, Jeannie Girard and Mary O'Neill. He is survived by two daughters, Tonya Merrigan of Olathe, KS and Tyffani Richards of Shawnee, KS; a son-in-law, Edward Bruce Richards; two grandsons, Edward Reed Richards and Jack Tregg Richards; nine brothers and sisters,Virginia (Ed) Hartmann of Akron, IA, Vernon Merrigan of Benson, AZ; Stanley (Carolyn) Merrigan of Alcester, Elizabeth Merrigan of Burbank, Ethel (Bill Northwall) Merrigan of Tampa, FL, Jim Merrigan of Vermillion, Margaret (Warren) Smith of Milwaukee, WI, Joanne Merrigan of Savannah , GA and Jeff (Ellen) Merrigan of Worthington, MN.

He was born June 11, 1940 in Vermillion. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1958 and then spent time in the Army serving in Korea and Japan. He married Dorene Jorgensen on March 30, 1964 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. They lived in Vermilion and Sheldon, IA for a short time before moving to Sioux City, IA, where they raised their children and spent the rest of their working days.

Sterling worked for Metz Baking Company in both Sheldon and Sioux City and later was the owner/operator of several gas stations in Sioux City. He and Dorene spent their retirement winters in south Texas and summers in the Midwest where he was an avid golfer and loved to socialize with all. His pride and joy were his two grandsons, Reed and Jack. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend who will be missed.

A visitation and funeral mass is scheduled for April 2, 2011 at Nativity Catholic Church, Sioux City, IA. The family will take visitors from 9 to 10 a.m. with the mass to follow immediately at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Honorary pall bearers will include Vernon Merrigan, Stanley Merrigan, Jim Merrigan, Jeff Merrigan, Bruce Richards and Monte Jaacks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64114.

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