E. Merle Bina
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
E. Merle Bina, 52, of Meeker, died Nov. 16, 2008, at the Walbridge Wing Nursing Facility in Meeker.
Merle was born July 7, 1956, in Rifle, to Ted G. and Carrie L. (McGruder) Bina. He was raised in Meeker and attended the Meeker schools, graduating in 1975. He enjoyed playing football and was All-Conference player his senior year. He also participated in Future Farmers of America and track and field. He enjoyed wrestling most of all, and lived by the Meeker motto, “‘Tis better to have wrestled and lost than never to have wrestled at all.” He participated in many tournaments and at the State Wrestling Tournament in 1975.
He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. He will be remembered as determined, strong-willed, ornery and playful.
He is survived by his father; sister, La Vina (Larry) Reese of Parachute; brother Ted R. (Kelly) Bina of Rifle; nieces Audra (Andrew) Underhill of Parachute, Mackenzie Bina and Grace Phillips of Rifle; nephews Gerald Reese of Parachute and Tristin Bina of Rifle; and great-nephews Clay and Cameron of Parachute.
As his long battle has ended, he’s welcomed in the arms of his devoted mother, Carrie; sister Valerie; his grandparents; and many aunts and uncles.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Highland Cemetery under the direction of Cochran Memorial Chapel of Meeker.
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