Merell was born in Jewell County, Kansas on October 28, 1930 to Clarence Curtis and Bulah (Patton) Folsom and left this world on April 8, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Merell attended High School, Mankato, Ks., K-State College, Manhattan, Ks. and Colo. State University, Ft. Collins, CO. He earned a Master in Education, Industrial Arts. Merell married Beryl Ault Dec. 22, 1951 at the Methodist Church, Mankato; Ks. Merell served in the Army as a Lt. for 2 years at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was sent for ten days to Desert Rock, Nevada 20 April 1955 to participate in an atomic bomb test. He spent 5 years in the National Guard as a Capt. He taught Industrial Arts at Macksville, Ks. for four years and Cunningham, Ks., four years, then Cheyenne Mtn. High School, Colorado Springs, CO., from 1964 to 1987.
Merell enjoyed hiking, camping, fly fishing, cross country skiing, Scottish and Square Dancing. He taught and called Old Time Square Dancing along with Vic Fast. He performed as Abe Lincoln at Rock Ledge Ranch and at some District 11 Elementary Schools for several years. He was well recognized as Abe Lincoln. He also dressed in the time period of covered wagons and talked to elementary students about how they traveled and lived at that time and had a model of covered wagons pulled by horses he took with him. He worked with Pikes Peak Library in the Right to Read Program for 2 years. He was a History Buff and researched and knew a lot about the History of Kansas and Colorado and Oregon Trail etc.
He is survived by his wife, Beryl Folsom; one daughter, Linda Kay Kover (significant other/Bob Barnes); one son, Kent Leon Folsom (Susan );daughter-in-law, Sally Folsom Moses (Dan); sisters-in-law, Shirley Crenshaw (Don) and Shirley Folsom; Grandchildren, Angie Sams, Nichole Struble (Fred) Jason Kover, Dana Bendele (Chantel) and Brianne Simpson (Chad); eight great grandchildren, two nieces and four nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Folsom; and two sons, Mark and Blain Folsom.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.