Merl E. Tinney of Fairland died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., after an illness.

He was 76.

Mr. Tinney was born Nov. 7, 1930, in Columbus, Kan., to William and Ruth (Cooley) Tinney. He moved to Fairland in 2005, coming from Grove where he had been a resident since 1976.

He owned several different businesses with the last being an internet service provider. He was a member and elder in the first Christian Church in Fairland.

He married May Helen Mercer on May 16, 1948. She preceded him in death on July 23, 2003.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Nola Tinney, one brother, Carl Eugene Tinney, and two half sisters, Katie Wade and Lois Taylor.

He married Audrey Boyer on April 29, 2005. She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include two sons, David Tinney and wife Judy and Paul Douglas Tinney, all of Grove; one stepson, Vic Boyer and wife Brenda of Fairland; three stepdaughters and their husbands, Frances and Keith Henson of Fairland, Donna and Cole Cummins of Sarcoxie, Mo., and Nancy and Charles Welch of Joplin, Mo.; one brother, William Tinney of Joplin; two half sisters, Gail Campbell of Carl Junction, Mo., and Verne Leeper of Columbus, Kan.; six grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church in Fairland with minister Truman Brady officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. Friday in Park Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers will be William Tinney, Eric Tinney, James Trollope, Reuben Hernandez, Mark Threeton and Shane Bowman.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Adcock Funeral Home in Fairland.

Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church in Fairland, in care of the Funeral Home.