Merle A. Agren, 87, Centralia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Centralia, Wash. On March 21, 1925, Merle was born to Isaac and Iva (Smith) Agren in Vader, Wash. Merle served our county during World War II in the Army Infantry, he then went on to marry the love of his life, Iris. Together Merle and Iris reared three children, son, Ken and daughters, Kathy and Robin, all of whom they loved dearly.
Playing cards was a passion of Merle's, Cribbage and especially Backgammon with his son, Ken. When he wasn't playing cards, you could find him outside in his garden or traveling. Some of Merle's favorite destinations were Reno and the beach with his beautiful wife, Iris. Merle was a member of the American Legion and the Eagles, both of Chehalis. Above all, Merle adored any activity involving his family. He took great pride in his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his three great-great-grandchildren.
Merle was cared for by the wonderful staff at Colonial Residence in Centralia, beginning in February 2010. Most recently he was cared for at Best Quality Home Care of Centralia.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Iva, brother, Loren and grandson, Nicholas. He is survived by his loving wife, Iris, son, Ken (Cindy) Agren of Darrington Wash., daughters, Kathy (Rick) Salle, Eugene Ore., and Robin (Rick) Williams of Chehalis, brother, Arvon Agren of Seattle, and grandchildren, Alan (Cherry) Salle, Scott (Robbie) Salle, Michael Williams, Kyle Williams, Bre Anne (Josh) Brown, Katie (Mike) Humphrey, Asa Williams and Arlo Agren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.