Merlin “Pete” Statler, 86, of Jackson,  passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Monticello House in Jackson.

He was born April 27, 1929, in Sedgewickville, son of Adolph and Ida Mae Seabaugh Statler.  He and Patsy “Pat” Ruth Slinkard were married August 8, 1953 in Jackson.

Pete was a 1948 graduate of the former Patton High School.  Immediately after graduation, on April 29, 1948 he and his twin brother, Verlin, joined the Navy.  He was Honorably Discharged on April 28, 1953.

He became a fabricator in Cape Girardeau for a metal tank supplier, worked for Cape Dry Dock, retiring from Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local #562 after 25 years.

He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge # 441 in Jackson, a 50 year member of the Altenthal-Joerns  American Legion Post #158 of Jackson, the VFW Post #3838 in Cape Girardeau, and the Union Local # 562 in Cape Girardeau.

Pete enjoyed his morning coffee with friends and colleagues at the Jackson American Legion Club Room.

Loving survivors include his wife Pat; a son Steven (Jeanie) Statler of Jackson; a grandson, Jason  Statler of Fullerton, California; a granddaughter, Cherish (Ryan) Brott of Jackson; three great-grandchildren, Aaron Statler, Tyler and Dylan Brott; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Kevin Statler in 1981, five brothers, and three sisters.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Friday, March 4, 2016 at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Pete’s funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Janet Hopkins  officiating.

Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with graveside military honors.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital (St. Louis) or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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  1. So sorry to learn of the passing of Pete. I so much enjoyed visiting with him and helping to take care of him. He will be missed deeply. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of his life. Respectfully, Mary Vickery, Semo Medical Equipment

  2. Barbara Smith Alexander

    It saddens me to learn of “Grandpa Petes” passing. Pat and Steve, my heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you. I will never forget all the good memories we made with the Statler family. Time passes but the memory of great friends does not. The Statlers made a great impact in the Marshall Smith family.

    Barbara Smith Alexander

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