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Celebration of Life for Coach Merris

October 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Illinois College will host a celebration of life in memory of William D. “Bill” Merris ’56 H’01 on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 10-11 a.m. in Sherman Gymnasium in Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center.

The gathering is planned for the end of IC’s Homecoming Weekend and is open to the public. The entire community is welcome to remember the beloved alumnus, coach and professor who died on June 13, 2023, just a week short of his 93rd birthday on June 20.

Coach Merris had a career as a coach and associate professor of physical education for more than 40 years at IC. He will be honored through music, pictures and memories shared by his family, friends and former players. Ahron Cooney ’07, pastor of student and recreational ministries at Chatham Baptist Church, will serve as Chaplain and President Barbara A. Farley and Amy Wilson ’93 will be among those offering remarks in remembrance of Coach Merris.

Because Coach Merris was a lifelong IC athletics fan,  it is the wish of his family that memorial gifts be made to support athletics at Illinois College. Community members are invited to share stories, pictures and memories of the IC legend, RSVP to the event or make a gift in Bill’s honor at www.ic.edu/BillMerris.

Advanced registration is not required, but is appreciated for planning. For any questions or to RSVP over the phone, call the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement at 217.245.3046.


Bruner Fitness Center
1121 Edgehill Road
Jacksonville, IL 62650 United States
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