CHARLESTON - Bobbie "Bob" Melton Merrick, 80, entered into eternal life at 6:15 a.m. Feb. 22, 2008, at the Missouri State Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
Bob Merrick was born to Benjamin Emory and Virginia Ethel Melton Merrick on May 8, 1927. He grew up in the Anniston area and graduated from Anniston High School in 1945. He entered the U.S. Navy on June 1, 1945, and was honorably discharged as a seaman first class on July 30, 1946. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. Bob attended Southeast Missouri State College where he was a valuable member of their basketball team. He also played semi-pro ball for the L.A. Dodgers organization in Illinois.
He married the former Ruth Charlene (Cricket) Warren on Oct. 12, 1946. They were married 60 years. Cricket passed away on Jan. 3, 2007. Five children - one son and four daughters - were born to this union: John W. (Jane) Merrick of Diehlstadt, Ret. Major Christy J. Merrick and Candace L. Merrick of Shawnee, Kan., Robin M. (Byars) Clark of Vienna, W.Va., and Camella (David) Folsom of Basehor, Kan.
He has five grandchildren, Robert Caldwell Merrick of Springfield; Adrianna Risner, Brittany Louise and Byars Benjamin "Ben" Clark all of Vienna, W.Va.; Mallory Grace Folsom of Basehor, Kan.; and also two great-grandchildren, Connor Joseph and Bryce Robert Merrick of Springfield.
Bob has one sister, Virginia M. Walinow, Kansas City. Another sister, Mary Lois, died at a very young age.
Bob and his family lived in rural Diehlstadt where he was owner-operator of the Home Oil Company. He moved from this area to Jefferson City to accept a position as director of the Motor Fuel Tax Division. Also he was director of the Selective Service Department and director of Weights and Measures. Bob and his family were active members of the First Baptist Church in Charleston and later members of the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City. Bob loved his family and his family loved him. He could always come up with the funniest sayings. He rarely had a cross word with anyone and was always someone fun to be around. An avid hunter and fisherman, he had recently taken up golf and was good at it also. He has many friends in this area, the Jefferson City area and the Shawnee, Kan., area. "To know him is to love him."
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Michael Brewer, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, will officiate.
Missouri Military Funeral Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites at the IOOF Cemetery near Charleston. Interment will follow under the direction of McMikle Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Robert "Rob" Merrick, Kenny Wells, Stephen Burke, Jake Warren, David Folsom and Ben Clark.
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Memorial contributions may be made to:
Missouri Veterans Home,
2400 Veterans Memorial Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
or a charity of the donor's choice.