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Merle King

August 2, 1946 ~ February 3, 2022 (age 75)


Merle Wilson King, 75, lifelong resident of Moscow, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow.
He was born Aug. 2, 1946, in Moscow to Harold and Ruth Carscallen King. Merle attended schools in Moscow, graduating from Moscow High School in 1964. On August 20, 1966, Merle married his high school sweetheart Connie Broenneke. He went to work for North Latah County Highway district in 1967 where he continued until retirement in 2001. In June 1968, Merle and Connie were blessed by their daughter Chris.
Merle always enjoyed camping, hunting and exploring the mountains on his ATV. Recently he and Connie also drove across the United States and were able to see many sites. His hobbies included gunsmithing, reloading and making leather holsters.
Merle is survived by his wife of 55 years, Connie at their Moscow home, daughter Chris (John) Menter of Troy, sister Gayle (Earl) Owen, of Troy, grandchildren, Randy Menter of Moscow and Kayla Menter and great-grandson Royal of Spokane, brother-in-law, Butch (Cindy) Broenneke of Asotin, nieces Michele (Steve) Barden of Lewiston and Trisha Broenneke in Texas, nephews Jason (Liz) Broenneke of Sammamish, Wayne (Lupe) Owen of Spokane, and Ed (Tammy) Owen of Huntsville. Along with many great nieces and nephews and cousins. 
A memorial covered-dish dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 15, at the Latah County Fairgrounds. Please come comfortable as Merle did not like anything fancy. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to Moscow Ambulance.

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