Richard E. Merrill Sr., 83, formerly of Catawba Island, and New Port Richey, Fla., died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, in Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center in Hudson, Fla.
He was born April 8, 1924, in Buffalo, N.Y., son of the late LeRoy H. and Mildred (Donahue) Merrill. In 1949, he graduated from The University of Alabama with an industrial and operational engineering degree. He married Jo Ann (Jackson) Merrill, May 6, 1950, and she preceded him in death, Jan. 12, 2006.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the 95th Infantry during World War II. After a 31-year career with New Departure Hyatt, a Division of General Motors, he retired in 1986. Mr. Merrill was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton, where he was active in many functions.
He especially enjoyed the Methodist Mens Breakfast Group. He was a lifetime member (60-plus years) of American Legion Lodge 1286 in Lakewood, N.Y., and throughout his life, he continued to play in and support the American Legion Hap Merrill Golf Tournament in Lakewood. He was a member of Elks Club Lodge 1718 in Port Clinton. He was a former member of the Port Clinton Yacht Club and Catawba Island Club. His favorite hobbies were boating, fishing and golf. He was a wonderful husband, father and family man, and truly loved his grandchildren and great-grandson and will be missed by all.
Surviving are his children, sons, Richard E. (Kathy) Merrill Jr. of Flushing, Mich. and John J. (Tricia) Merrill Sr. of Columbus, Ohio; daughters, Ann E. (Tim) Merrill Bash of Clayton, N.C. and Susan L. Merrill of Brooklyn, N.Y.,; grandchildren, Tina Bash, Madeline Merrill, John Merrill Jr., and Dawn Bash; and great-grandson, Timothy R. Bash.
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Port Clinton; the Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader will officiate. Interment will be 1:30 p.m. April 14, in Sunset Hills Cemetery, Lakewood, N.Y.; the Rev. Violet Davidson officiating. Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Port Clinton, Salvation Army- Port Clinton Chapter, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
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