Mervin Sexton

Mervin L Sexton

Saturday, December 17th, 1932 - Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
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Mervin L. Sexton was born on December 17, 1932 south of Abilene on the family farm to Lee and Katie (Burton) Sexton. He attended the Knox School District 44 from the 1st through the 8th grade and graduated from Abilene High School in 1950 where he met the love of his life Cecelia Ann Zey Sexton.

After graduation Mervin entered the Navy on November 1950 and while home on his 2nd 30 day leave, was stricken with polio and retired from the Navy in May of 1953. Following the Navy, he attended Brown Mackey in Salina where he graduated with an accounting degree in 1957, and began his lifelong career in the livestock auction market industry at Reynolds Sale Barn in Abilene. On June 15, 1958 he went to work for then Koenig Sale Barn in Manhattan where he bought in as a partner and was owner/operator of the current Manhattan Commission Company Inc. from 1969 until present, where he was admired and respected by the cattle industry members. Along with the sale barn Mervin also owned the KSS Truck Line Inc., Manhattan Livestock Exchange Inc., Sale Barn Café and Lees Western Wear, were added throughout the years to his accomplishments.

Mervin was member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club, the Eagles Club, the VFW, the American Legion, and the DAV.

Mervin and Cecilia were united in Marriage on March 3, 1953 in Great Lakes, Illinois and were blessed with 5 children, Jarda Fitzwater (Bruce) of Derby, Kansas, Mark Sexton (Nikki) of Manhattan, Christine Graham of Topeka, Jill Ross of Manhattan, sister Melva Loader of Enterprise, 16 grandchildren, and one step grandchild. He is preceded in death by his daughters Amy Hodges, Deanna Sexton, sister Ilene Sexton Ross.

His legacy will live on in the hearts of all who knew him; he was a kind, fair, courageous, extremely intelligent man with a love for God, his family, and his Sale Barn. We will forever miss this gentle man who always has a kind word for everyone and who was a role model for many.

Mervin passed away Monday, December 1, 2020 at his home in Manhattan at the age of 87. Mass of Christian Burial for Mervin will be 10:00 am Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Abilene with Father Kerry Ninemire as Celebrant. A Parish Rosary will be 7:00 pm Friday evening at the church. His final resting place will be in the Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery near Abilene. Memorial contributions may be made to the Beau Miller Scholarship Fund or to Seven Dolors Catholic Church and may be dropped off or sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 4th, 2020 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Friday, December 4th, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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    A Parish Rosary will be 7:00 pm Friday evening at the church.
  • Service

    Saturday, December 5th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, December 5th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Andrew's Catholic Church
    311 S. Buckeye
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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    A Parish Rosary will be 7:00 pm Friday evening at the church.
    Father Kerry Ninemire
  • Interment

    Mt. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
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Kenny Whearty

Posted at 09:25pm
I'm sorry to hear of Merv's passing.
I always enjoyed talking with him and visiting with him about the cattle market .
And listening to his old memories of the past .
He was quite a guy.
My condolences again.
Kenny Whearty


Harry Simpson

Posted at 05:21pm
Fair winds and following seas sailor.
"Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."

Thank you Mervin for your service to this nation. U.S. Navy.

Ivan "Sam" Huston

Posted at 11:24am
Cecelia, so sorry to hear of Mervin's passing. We had many great times at Abilene High. Class of 50 was the greatest. He had a great life by having you to share it with. We are all getting some age on us and no one can predict what is next. Eternal life is awaiting. I and my wife are still up and going and in pretty good health considering our age. I am a few months older than Mervin, born September 13, 1932. Not too many of the "old timers" left in Abilene. I keep in touch with Wes Watson online and call the Delmar Currans a couple times of the year. I just happen to stumble on Mervin's obituary reading my Wichita Eagle this morning. Take care and God bless! Ivan "Sam" Huston

carol Visser

Posted at 08:37am
When I first began visiting with Mervin, it felt like we had been friends forever, from the start we were open and honest, well beyond expectation. He was honest ,caring, open and calm. What surprised me most is how much of his own life and heart he shared. I felt he was like a dad to me. I love him and will always cherish the time shared with him. May his family find peace knowing how deeply others care.

Michelle Broccolo

Posted at 04:18pm
Sharing your sadness and wishing you comfort.
Sending our deepest sympathy.

Sandy and Bonnie Sutton

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