Obituary of Samuel Merrill
Samuel James Merrill, age 85 passed away July 1, 2018 at his home in Mentor. He was born March 1, 1933 to the late Frank S. and Eva L. (Shaffer) Merrill. Sam (Jim) was born and raised in Painesville, Ohio graduating from Harvey High School in 1951. He was a proud Navy veteran, serving on the USS New Jersey battleship in the Korean War Conflict. Sam retired in 1998 from C.T. Consultants as a Marketing Specialist and had previously been employed at Osborne Inc.
Sam was active in both the VFW, serving as Quarter Master, and American Legion in Mentor, Ohio. Sam walked in countless parades, organizing and participating in ceremonies throughout the Lake County area. He was also a member of the Lake County Historical Society, the Fairport Historical Society and USS New Jersey BB-62 Veterans.
Sam is survived by his daughters Sandra (Michael) Battel and Sharon (Steve) Zens; his son James; grandchildren Jessica (Paul) Kasper, Vincent (Ylenia) Nasca, Joseph Zens, Nikolas Zens, David (Becca) Merrill, Casey Battel; seven great grandchildren; and mother of his children, Margie Ann (Blair) Merrill. He is also survived by his special friend and longtime companion, Geri Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Mariana and Sarah.
Sam was an avid car racing enthusiast and he and Geri traveled the country following his favorite cars and drivers. He loved going to air shows and doing puzzles with his cat, Moe, by his side. He could both fold clothes and print with military precision! Sam had a deep appreciation of all the Arts. He treasured his friendships, among them his lifelong buddy, Chuck Evans. He took great pride in relaying his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. Sam loved spending time with his family, saying his greatest joy was his children. A quote from his grandfather’s obituary of 1920… “We need more such men.”
Among the things Sam enjoyed were fishing, golfing, old movies, coffee and doughnuts, history, gardening, the Cleveland Indians, his hat collection, hockey games, Papillon, Sunday brunch, Fox News, ice cream, Samantha the dog, music, dance, a drink at Hellriegel’s and the American flag.
Special thanks to Sam’s devoted caregiver, Alla Sarukhanyan and Care Your Way, along with Western Reserve Hospice.
Graveside services honoring Samuel James Merrill with a final military salute will be held at Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday, July 14th at noon.
We wish you fair winds and following seas, Dad.