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Merrill Eston Williams
Merrill Eston WilliamsWheatMerrill Eston Williams 73 of LaRue, died Wednesday February 3, 2016 at his home.

He was born May 7, 1942 in LaRue to the late Eston and Ruth L. (Denman) Williams, he was also predeceased by a grandson: Terry Williams Jr. and a nephew Timothy Williams

Merrill was a 1960 graduate of LaRue High School and a 1965 graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a minor in education. He taught Vo-Ag and FFA at Upper Scioto Valley High School and later retired in 1998 from the Marion Correctional Institution with over 30 years of service as a state employee. Merrill was a member of the Richwood First United Methodist Church and the Ag Fraternity “Alpha, Gamma, Sigma”. Being a graduate of Ohio State, he never lost his love for OSU football and basketball. Merrill was a humble, generous, and kind man. He loved God and loved to be outside gardening, taking care of the family woods or helping on the farm. He will be sadly missed by his friends and family.

On June 26, 1987 in Kilbourne, he married the former Susan (Hawk) Lord and she survives in LaRue, also surviving are his sons: Terry Lee (Michelle) Williams, Fredricktown, David Lee Williams, LaRue, Steven Lee (Amy) Williams, Marion and Gary Lee (Amy) Williams, Delaware, Stepsons: Michael (Heather) Lord, Park Hills, Kentucky and David (Maura) Lord, Longmont, Colorado
Grandchildren: Jake Williams, Joseph, Emma, Jack, John and Jane Lord
One Brother: Jack (Laura) Williams, Newport, Washington and their sons: Andrew and Matthew

Memorial services for Merrill will be held Saturday February 13, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Richwood First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Joseph Rhea officiating, friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 am.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, LaRue is assisting the family

Memorial gifts may be made to the Richwood First United Methodist Church at 18 South Fulton Street Richwood, OH 43344 and the Marion Area Humane Society at 2264 Richland Road Marion, OH 43302-8475

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#1 from: Gail DeGood-Guy
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Dear Sue.  I am so terribly sorry to hear about Merrill.   Please know you are very much in my prayers.  I am unable to come to calling hours but know that I pray God is watching over you during this most difficult time.  

#2 from: Bonnie Thompson Jolliff
Marion, Ohio
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Lots of good memories growing up with Merrill and Jack, and then later connecting with Merrill and Sue at Marion Correctional.  (GONE TOO SOON)  Bonnie Jolliff

#3 from: Katie Cooper
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 6:08 PM


#4 from: Gidget
Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Dear Amy, Steve, & Family,
I will Pray that God will take
You by the hand and walk you
through your grief.  God Bless
You Always.
With Much Love & Condolences,

#5 from: evelyn ledman cross
new albany, indiana
Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 9:18 AM

deepest sympathy to all of Merrill's family.  I will always cherish the great memories of him when we were teenagers; and glad to know he isn't in any more pain.  God rest my wonderful friend from the past.

#6 from: Jeanie and Lauren Park
LaRue, Ohio
Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Sue and  Family, We are so very sad for your loss! We will not return to Ohio until March and can not attend the memorial service. Still,our  prayers and thoughts are with each of you. We hold dear the memories of Merrill's kind and gentle spirit , his care and concern for Grandma Ruth, as well love and pride  for his family will never be forgotten! May God hold you close and bring you peace as only He can.

#7 from: Kathy Wilson
La Rue
Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 7:52 PM

So sorry to hear about your dad.  He was a great man and neighbor.  He will be missed in the neighborhood. Sending prayers.  

#8 from: Gary Drake
Williamsburg, VA
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 12:20 PM

My thoughts go out to Merrill's family.   I was a LaRue HS classmate of Merrill's.   We used to ride the bus together.   He truly was a kind and generous person.   May God bless him.

#9 from: Pat & Larry Krebehenne
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Sue & family--Our sincere sympathy is with all of Merrill's family.  He was a wonderful man and a good friend and we will miss him very much.  Our love and prayers are with all of you.  We are sorry to miss his services.
Love, Pat and Larry Krebehenne

#10 from: John Decker
Laurel, Montana
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Susan, Colette and I are so sorry to hear the news of Merrill's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.  We hope to see you during our next trip back to Ohio this coming summer.

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