May 18, 1927 - August 28, 2011
Harold “Bill” Merrill, Jr. of Grayling, died August 28, 2011, in Sterling Heights. He was 84 years old. Bill was born May 18, 1927, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Elizabeth (nee Halden) and Harold Merrill.
Bill proudly served in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II. He attended the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and received his Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota. Bill was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
Bill married Frances “Fran” Kretschmar on August 26, 1950 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. They enjoyed 52 years together until Fran’s death in 2002.
Bill was an avid fly fisherman who tied his own flies. He was a founding member of Michigan Trout Unlimited, a member of The Upper Manistee River Association and the Michigan Fly Fishing Club, as well as a member of Marco Island Flyrodders. Bill traveled extensively and was a great story teller with always a big fish tale to share. Bill was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by many.
Bill is survived by his children, Elizabeth Merrill, Deborah (Glen) Womble, and Douglas (Cheryl) Merrill, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and sister, Joan (the late Ralph) Harris. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Fran.
Visitation will take place at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Thursday 5-8pm. A Memorial Service will be held at Lynch & Sons, Friday 12noon.
Memorials appreciated to The Upper Manistee River Association, P.O. Box 282, Grayling, Michigan 49738.
|We didn't get to know Bill until the final months of his life. We wish from that short exposure that we had known him longer. Bless you all and enjoy the many memories you will always have of him. |
Joyce Awad & Muffin
|We will miss having Bill as our good friend and neighbor up north. He never had a loss for words or a funny comment and always had a smile on his face. He was a kind and generous man and made great contributions to our environment with his knowledge and expertise. We will cherish our memories of Bill, Fran and their la Bea.|
Vince and Nancy Caruso
|We enjoyed many good times and laughs with you and Fran. Both of you will be missed.|
Patrick and Barbara Karkanen
|We have lost one of the world's biggest and greatest characters. To say he was one of a kind would be an understatement. He loved, his family, fishing and cookies His "TALL TALES" always bore his special extra touch. Any one who ever met him surely must have a Bill story to tell. While he seldom got anywhere on time, I'm sure the pearly gates of trout land will be waiting for him whenever he meanders by. ADIOS OLD FRIEND.
|Thanks for the laughter and joy you brought to everyone over the years. "Wild Bill" will be sorely missed by his numerous friends at Town Village!|
|To Doug and Cheryl, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our parents hold a special part in our hearts and they will always live on in us. Remember God's peace and the comfort of the Holy Spirit are with you.|
Terrence & Lanette Redmond
|TO THE MERRILL FAMILY MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY I HAD THE GREATEST PLEASURE OF CARING FOR YOUR DAD AT HEARTLAND "NEVER A DULL MOMENT" I KNOW HIS KIND SPIRIT LIVES ON!!!!|
|Beth,Doug & Debbie,
We were shocked and saddened to learn of your Dad's death.
We learned too late to attend the wake or memorial.
Please accept our deepest sympathy.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We all had some great times together when we were neighbors and up north with Fran and Bill.
Those times were precious and we will always cherish them
Suzanne & Dean|
Suzanne & Dean Fields
|So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I will never forget him as "Turnwald Turk". I realize he had his medical issues and that it might have been a blessing..... but it still hurts and leaves a big hole in your heart. I will keep you close to my heart in thought and prayer. He was a great guy and I love my memories.
XOXOXO Baby Toe|
|We just learned about Bill's passing and want you to know how much we enjoyed knowing Bill and Fran. They were both such special people who had so much love for others and enjoyed life. When we were with Bill, usually down by the pool at Stevens Landing, he always brought a smile to our faces. He was quite a character that we will always remember. God bless all of you.|
Ron and Carolyn Burger
|Bill was a good neighbor, a likable guy, and a good friend. I'll miss swapping fish stories with him and having him dropping in on me. Fran and Bill were the finest of people.|
|It is terrible news to hear of Bills death. We realize how much the family is suffering from the loss. We enjoyed his friendship @ Stevens Landing w/fond memories especially pontoon boat rides!! If we can be of assistance in any way please let us know. We hope that Our Lord will send strength needed. Carlos & Jenny|
Carlos & Jenny Garcia
|OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. BILL WAS A GREAT GUY AND ALWAYS ENJOYED HIS CONVERSATIONS. IAM SURE HE IS DOING LOT OF
FISHING. REST IN PEACE GOD BLESS.|
VINCENT & BARBARA PINTO