Merle Louis Soule, 89, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 9:35 pm December 16, 2020 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born September 10, 1931 in Opie, Kansas to the late Freeman Wilber and Sarah Emma (Cronk) Soule. In 1954 Merle was united in marriage to Margaret Smith in Camp Le Jeune, North Carolina. The marriage ended in divorce. Merle married Marie Smoak on November 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia. They were blessed with nearly thirty-two years before she preceded him in death on June 12, 2003. A Graveside Service will be held Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 1:30 pm at Hopewell Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Pastor David Houseworth officiating. Full Military Rites will be held at the cemetery. Interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Soule family in care of Duane Soule. Donations will be used to buy Christmas gifts for needy children. Please remember to observe social distancing at this time. We are limited to 10 people under the tent at one time. Following the CDC and NFDA regulations, we encourage everyone to wear a mask. They will be made available, upon request. Call Newell Funeral Home at 618-246-0100 or visit newellfuneralhome.com for further information.