Published in the Iola Register on Jan. 28, 2013.


 Ruth Merrill, age 64, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at her home in Concordia, Kan. She was born on Oct. 9, 1948, in Colby, Kan., to Richard and Dorothy (Briney) Wegner. She married Gerald "Billy Jack" Merrill on Oct. 14, 1970, at Concordia. Ruth worked as a cook at Cloud County Community College and then later as a corrections officer for the Cloud County Sheriff's office.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Tonya Merrill, Concordia; brothers, Rick Wegner and family, Mulberry, Robert Wegner and family, Beloit, and Raymond Wegner and family, Ft. Scott; sister, Rose Sumpter and family, Beloit; and brother-in-law, Larry Merrill and family, Glasco.
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, on March 22, 1994, mother, brother, Ronnie Wegner and parents-in-law, Marvin and Bertha Merrill.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, with the Rev. Dean Frazier, officiating. Burial will follow the services at Nelson Center Cemetery, Huscher.
 Visitation will be until 9 p.m. this evening, Jan. 28, with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and family greeting friends from 7-8 p.m. all at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials to help defray Ruth's medical costs, in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit