Merle S. Nesbit

Obituary Notice

Merle S. Nesbit, 100, of Little Rock, died Thursday May 19, 2005. He was born July 22, 1904 in Biggsville, Illinois, the son of the late Allen and Mary Grace Jameson Nesbit.

He was the former President of Midwest Dried Milk Company that he founded with his brother-in-law, William F. Oatman in 1947 in Pittsfield, Illinois. He and his wife moved from Dundee, Illinois to Little Rock in 1998 to live with their daughter.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years Priscilla Swan Nesbit; daughters, Lynn Nesbit of New York City, New York, and Priscilla Green of Little Rock. He also leaves behind two granddaughters, Priscilla Gilman and Claire Gilman of New York City a step-grandson Nicholas Gilman of Mexico City and two great grandsons.

A memorial service will be held in Illinois at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.

Cremation arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home,

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  • Mrs. Nesbit, I think of you often and the great kindness you showed me while I worked for you. I am sorry for your loss of Mr. Nesbit. Jason just graduated from graduate school with honors in business. He is 31, married and has 3 kids and a home in Deforest, WI, and now wants to go to school to become a stock broker. Jeffrey got married last month to the girl he has been dating since he was 15, he is now 27. I live in Stevenspoint close to all my kids and grand kids, which now number 9. I hope you get this note, I would love to hear from you. Love Diane
    Diane Ramsey
    Stevenspoint, Wisconsin