Merlin Clifford “Skeet” Bevitt, 92, Overbrook: Nov. 16, 1927 – June 20, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Merlin Clifford “Skeet” Bevitt passed away on June 20, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Skeet was born Nov. 16, 1927, in White City, Kan., to Merlin and Dessie (Hohman) Bevitt.

He grew up near the Valencia and Silver Lake communities and in southern Shawnee and northern Osage counties, and attended Auburn High School, Auburn, Kan.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Doris Parrish, in 1948, and they made their home in the Highland Park area of Topeka. There they welcomed two children, Karen and Steve, into their family.

While in Topeka, Skeet worked as a roofer for Warren Roofing and later as the roofing superintendent at Whelan’s. The family moved in 1963 to a farm north of Overbrook, Kan., where Skeet worked for Northbrook Lumber until he retired.

Doris passed away in 1987. Skeet met Lotta Keefover through friends at a common card group, and they married in 1998. Lotta passed away in 2011.

Skeet found joy in weekly domino games at The Patch in Overbrook, and traveling with friends on bus tours. He loved spending time with his family and supporting them in their interests, and watching grandkids and great-grandkids grow and take interests of their own. He enjoyed being outdoors gardening and hunting, both pheasants and mushrooms. He often traveled with friends to attend the Belleville races, and loved watching and listening to Kansas City Royals baseball and KU basketball. He had a fondness for puzzles and history and enjoyed reminiscing about family.

Skeet was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marlene Ecklund; brother, Bob; and daughter, Karen, and her husband, Jim Hesseltine.

He is survived by his brother, Harlan Bevitt, Burlingame, Kan.; sister, June Bentley, of Texas; brother-in-law, Arthur (Shirley) Parrish, Anchorage, Alaska; son Steve (Lora), Burlingame; stepchildren, Rick (Lynne) Keefover, Carbondale, Kan., and Lynn (Berry) Collier, Berryton, Kan.; grandchildren, Tim (Beth) Hesseltine, Andover, Kan., Kevin (Shawna) Hesseltine, Topeka, Tod (Wendi) Bevitt, Oskaloosa, Kan., Clayton (Stefanie) Bevitt, Burlingame, Jaimie (Vance) Myers, Burlingame; step-grandchildren, Lori (Andy) Fisher, Denver, Colo., Machell Collier, Seattle, Wash., Melissa (Wyatt) Mark, Lenexa, Kan., Amy Brown, Wichita, Kan., and Tyler (Leslee) Brown, Wichita; great-grandchildren, Jordan (Brooke Stueve) Hesseltine and Hunter Hesseltine, Maura and Nathan Bruenger, Liam, Laura, Samuel, Emma, and Jarett Bevitt, and Vadin and Devin Myers; step-great-grandchildren, Sydney and Blaine Fisher, Lauren and Ty Brown, and McKinley and Maggie Mark; and nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. July 3, at Overbrook Cemetery. Arrangements are through Lamb-Roberts Funeral home; see www.lamb-roberts.com.

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