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merle staatsMerle Wilfred Staats, 96, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Homestead Estates Home Plus in Liberal.  

He was born Jan. 23, 1922 to Gasper Gordon and Mary J. (Casteel) Staats in Hutchinson. 

He married Eva Juanita Wells Sept. 7, 1946 in Kansas City. She preceded him in death Aug. 20, 2010. 

He entered the U. S. Coast Guard and served overseas in the Pacific area during WWII from 1942 to 1946.

He attended business college in Wichita and graduated from the Kansas City School of Watchmaking in 1947.  

Following his graduation, he and his wife moved to Salina, where he worked in a jewelry store. He went to work for Wilkins Jewelry Store as a watchmaker. He operated the store under the good name of Wilkins before changing the name to Staats Jewelers in 1958.

He was a long-time member of the Liberal Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Jaycees, a member of the Kiwanis Club, and a member of the City Planning Commission. He served six years on the Liberal City Commission and was mayor of Liberal from 1969 to 1973.  

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