John Robert Merrill, 60, of Eldon, passed away Friday, November 2, 2012, after a long illness. He was surrounded by family in his home. He was the son of Richard and the late Patricia Merrill. He is survived by his son, Steven Merrill of Chicago, Ill.; father, Richard Merrill of Eldon; three sisters, Robin Brod-Korb of Eldon, Judy Paul of Holland, Mass., Patricia McCormick of San Clemente, Calif.; and two brothers, Fred Merrill of Eldon and Richard Merrill Jr. of Eldon. Visitation will be Thursday, November 8, 2012, from 5 - 7 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 7 p.m. all at Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon, Mo.