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Merle J. McElroy, Jr.
Merle J. McElroy, Jr.Gardening VegetableMerle J. McElroy, Jr., 86 of Richwood, died peacefully Friday morning, July 17, 2020 at Memorial Gables in Marysville.

He was born July 11, 1934 in York Township to the late Catherine (Thompson) McElroy and Merle J McElroy, Sr. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. McElroy, whom he married August 9, 1953, and she died December 14, 2018; two daughters, Cathy McElroy and Diane Lynn Glenz; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold (JoAnne) McElroy and Jack (Florence); sister and brother-in-law, Betty (Junior) Moore; and brothers-in-law, Jim Stalder and Gene Cheney.

Merle was raised on a farm in Union County where he learned to appreciate hard work and the great outdoors. He graduated from Richwood High School in 1952 and went on to work at Nestle as well as Memorial Hospital in Marysville. He was a member of the Rush Creek (Essex) United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, OSU sports, fishing, golfing, softball, a game of Euchre as well as playing a good joke. He lived with a kind and caring soul.

Surviving are his son, Scott McElroy of Raleigh, North Carolina; son-in-law, Tom Glenz of Tampa, Florida; grandchildren, Nicholas (Natalie) Dierkes of Asheville, North Carolina; Jan Marie (David Crowder) Dierkes of Morrison, Colorado; two step grandchildren, Thomas P. (Sarah) Glenz and Katie Glenz of Tampa; four great grandchildren, Brooklyn Diane Dierkes and Isaac Leverette Dierkes of Asheville; Cora Diane Dierkes Crowder and Thea Josephine Dierkes Crowder of Morrison; a step-great-granddaughter, Amanda Glenz of Tampa; two sisters, Phyllis Stalder of Florida and Isabelle Cheney of Upper Sandusky; and two brothers, Lowell (Rita) McElroy of North Carolina and Tom (Donna) McElroy of Florida.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Price Cemetery with Pastor Joseph Rhea officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Memorial Gables for the compassion and care he received while a resident there, and to Angie Nace for her dedicated care and support for Merle.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Activity Fund at the Memorial Gables 390 Gables Dr. Marysville, OH 43040 and Loving Care Hospice, P. O. Box 613, Marysville, OH 43040

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Rona penix
Richwood
Sat, Jul 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM

I was sorry to hear of merles passing he and his wife were great neighbors  I truly miss them both my prayers and thoughts are with you God bless You



#2 from: JerryMoore
Richwood
Sat, Jul 18, 2020 at 9:12 PM

From the family of Bill Moore, our condolences. His sister Betty was my aunt through marriage to Junior Moore. Sorry for your loss.




#3 from: Bill Price
Richwood
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 10:53 AM

Sorry to hear about Merle. His suffering is over. He lived with me for about 3 months before he got into Marysville. By the way he was acting while he was here, I didn't think he would last as long as he did.



#4 from: johna nibert
 
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Sorry to hear of Merle's death. Your family has my sympathy
                Johna Nibert




#5 from: TRACI HOFFMAN
Richwood
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 12:45 PM

So sorry to hear of Merle's passing. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.



#6 from: Donnie and Kathie Pfister
deland florida32724
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 1:05 PM

So sorry to hear about Merle.  He was moms cousin.  He was a friendly and funny guy.




#7 from: Gregory McElroy
BROWNWOOD, Texas
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 4:25 PM

My deepest condolences.



#8 from: Sondra Sheares Crosswhite
1688papaya court orange park,fl
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Isabelle,
Sorry tohear about Merle.
It is sad everyone is so far apart.
Hope you are well
Peace



#9 from: Don and Peggy (Skidmore) Hays
West  Mansfield
Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 7:21 PM

Sending our sincere sympathy for your loss.  I used to babysit for the kids and have lots of good memories of Merle and Mary.



#10 from: Vanessa Scantlin
Marysville
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 12:27 PM

I am sorry for your loss Scott. He will be missed. Take comfort in the fact that him and Mary are now together. Glad you got to get in some good visits with him!!! :)



#11 from: Sharon Beightler
11740 Hall rd Marysville, Oh
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 12:27 PM

Sad to hear of Merle's passing,  I was blessed to work with both Merle and Mary at Memorial Hospital. I truly enjoyed this couple's company.RIP



#12 from: Larry Nibert
 
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 3:14 PM

Scott Sorry for your loss



#13 from: Greta Thompson
Richmond KY
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 6:35 PM

I always looked forward to communicating with Mary and Merle in Yearly Christmas Cards.  They both were special friends in High School.  I know Merle will be missed.  My condolences to his children.

Greta Thompson



#14 from: Sondra Sheares Crosswhite
1688papaya court orange park,fl
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 10:31 PM

Isabelle,
Sorry tohear about Merle.
It is sad everyone is so far apart.
Hope you are well
Peace



#15 from: Rebecca George
Richwood
Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 11:26 AM

Scott, I have so many memories of your mother's family because our paths crossed as we all grew up in the Jackson Township community. There are so many thoughts crossing my mind. I could write an essay. Elsie and Imogene worked for my mother, who had a beauty shop in our home.
 There are also the years when Diane and you were two of my wonderful sixth grade students, then Diane went on to ONU.
 The most recent memories are of your parents as wonderful neighbors to my dear friend, Evelyn Somerlot Baker.
  Keep Jackson Township and Richwood in your memories.  You have many relatives, on both sides, who have roots in the area.
             Mrs. Rebecca Blue George

 
 



#16 from: Harley and Charlene Jolliff
Richwood
Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 2:26 PM

Sorry to hear that Merle passed away. Harley and Merle worked together for 18 years at Nestles and served for many years together as officers in the Nestles Union.



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#18 from: Kim And Steve Hutchens
Wilson, NC
Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 11:02 AM

Scott,
    Wishing you peace and comfort after the loss of your dad. We are so sorry for your loss.



#19 from: Kim And Steve Hutchens
Wilson, NC
Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 11:03 AM

Scott,
    Wishing you peace and comfort after the loss of your dad. We are so sorry for your loss.



#20 from: Benita & Renee
Lake Gaston
Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 11:57 AM

Scott,

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you  and your family during this difficult time!
Benita & Renee



#21 from: Don and Vonnie Wasserbeck
Essex
Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 8:55 PM

So sorry to learn of Merle’s passing. He was one of the kindest men I have ever known. Loved both Merle and Mary.




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