Merle D. Footit Jr., 84, Plainfield, a Portage County native, died Monday, April 30, 2012, at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church in Almond, with the Rev. Brian Roehrborn officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Spiritland Cemetery in Almond.
Visitation was scheduled to be held at Leikness & Stahl Funeral Home in Plainfield from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and at the church from 10 a.m.
Friday until the services.
A memorial is being established.
Condolences may be offered online at www.wautomafuneralhome.com.
Mr. Footit was born Dec. 30, 1927, in Portage County, a son of the late Merle and Lydia (Christensen) Footit Sr.
He was married to Lisa Kizewski on June 12, 2009, in Wautoma.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 until 1949, and later during the Korean War working with the Engineer Construction Battalion.
He was employed at the former Plainfield Lumber Co. for four years and at Nekoosa Corp. until 1986. Later, he worked in the Customer Service Department of Mill Supply in Nekoosa until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1991.
He operated a self-service asparagus stand and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Almond and a charter member of Plainfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6007.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Ingrid Footit, Wautoma, and Stacey (Jim) Howard, Bancroft; one son, Walter (Cynthia), Plainfield; one sister, Betty Zimmerman, Bancroft; and two grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Dale.