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Merle Dean “Peewee” Sowles, age 83, of Stanton, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, September 6, 2021, surrounded by his family.  The son of Floyd & Myrtle (Weatherbee) Sowles, he was born on May 14, 1938 in Edmore.

He met the love of his life, Rosalie Jeanette Downing, and they were married on November 23, 1956 in Ionia, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage.  Merle worked for Knight Implement in Stanton for several years, and at Parr & Son in McBride, retiring after 32 years of service.  An avid deer hunter, he liked to tinker around in the garage and enjoyed  riding around on the side by side.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters;  and five brothers.

Surviving are his wife, Rosalie Sowles of Stanton;  their children, Sandy & Gary, Yearyean, Lisa & Brian Buskirk, Kevin & Mary Sowles, and Douglas Sowles;  his grandchildren, Amanda & Clinton Moomey, Sarah & Jon Peterson, Samantha & Jeremy Slater, Lexi & Al Sowles, Ashley & Michael Pearson, Lydia Sowles, and Owen Maybee;  his great-grandchildren,  Robert Sherman, Jaden Sherman, Madison Slater, Brooklyn Weiner, Jenna Sowles, Caymon Moomey, and Ryder Moomey;  and many nieces and nephews.

The family extends their special thanks to Sparrow Home Hospice and to Gary Yearyean, Merle’s son-in-law and devoted caregiver.

Honoring Merle’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Merle’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Amanda Moomey on September 8, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I’m proud to have been able to call him Grandpa. He was a wonderful man with morals, he was strong and had the biggest heart. He would give the shirt off his back to a total stranger. He was always there for all of us, always lending a hand to anyone who needed it. So many memories and I’ll forever cherish each one. I’m thankful to have spent so much time with him growing up. He will forever be missed and loved.

  2. Ashley Pearson on September 9, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Every week Grandpa would ask me to come over on Wednesdays to take back bottles for him and every week I forgot Leppinks had Wacky Wednesday until I would show up at Grandma and Grandpas. Grandpa would laugh at me every time I mentioned it to him. He would turn B93 up really loud in the truck going through Stanton and turn his hat sideways to try and embarrass me. Always made me laugh. I can’t remember a memory with Grandpa that all of us grandkids have when we weren’t laughing with him. You will always be close to us in our hearts and never forgotten. Forever and always, loved and missed dearly.

  3. Lewis Borton on September 10, 2021 at 8:38 am

    havent seen Merle in years but, he was good man very friendly thinking of the family

  4. Margaret Rush on September 10, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Sorry to see that Merle has passed. He was a good person and loved all his family. Thinking of all of you. Remember him with smiles and laughter.

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