Volunteer Spotlight: Merle Funk

Merle Funk was born and raised in Tinley Park, IL in 1934. He and his wife Betty, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. They have been married for 59 years. A couple of years ago, the pair decided to sell their ranch near San Antonio and make their full-time home in Columbia City near their daughter, Leslie. Prior to that, the couple mainly visited in the summer to enjoy family and the cooler temperatures we have in Indiana. The newest addition to the family is their dog, Josey :)

Merle has been retired for 22 years. His professional career included college professor, psychotherapist and social worker. Along with a busy work/family life, the pair has always found time to give back to their community. Merle started the Hospice program in Kerrville, Texas. This is something he is very passionate about, although few know this about him. What a great accomplishment!

In the spring of 2014, Merle began assisting with advice during the beginning stages of One Community's L&C. Both of the seniors have been involved weekly since then, unless they are on a trip to their home state. Merle is instrumental in setting up the dining room for the gatherings and acts as a greeter at the door. He is always there to lend a hand to an arriving senior guest. Merle comments his favorite part about L&C is the people.

On a personal note, his hobbies and interests include history, theology and geography. Merle's favorite place that he has traveled to is Yellowstone, and his greatest talent is acceptance of others.

Thank you, Merle, for all you do for One Community. You are valued and appreciated. We are so thankful you have made Whitley County your new home!!

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