Merle Arthur Breiter, Jr.

Breiter Merle JrCENTRALIA — Merle Arthur Breiter, Jr., 62, of Centralia, passed away at 8:08 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2015 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Mo.

He was born on October 18, 1952 in Amarillo, Texas, the son of Merle, Sr. and Bertie (King) Breiter.

Mr. Breiter is survived by his two sons, Scott Breiter and wife Beth of Centralia, and Christopher Breiter and partner Daniel Wathen of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren Cooper Breiter, Reagan Castleman and Charlie Castleman; and three brothers Mike Breiter and wife Mary of Belleville, Dave Breiter and wife Barbara of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Terry Hoyland and wife Donna of Florida.

Mr. Breiter was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Kyle Breiter.

Mr. Breiter was one who would help others and do anything for others. He never met a stranger throughout his life. He enjoyed life to his fullest. He loved wrenching on cars. He cherished the time he spent with his family especially his children and grandchildren. He  was a mechanic who owned and operated Merle’s Auto Repair in Centralia from 1994 to 2005. He has lived in Centralia for most of his life.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1 p.m.  Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, with Pastor Seth Baltzell officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park near Centralia.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m.  Friday at Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to Mr. Breiter’s family at or on Facebook.