Harold Maurice Merrell, 85, of Crawfordsville passed peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in his home surrounded by his three children and family.
He was born March 19, 1932, at Crawfordsville, to Hugo and Bessie (Utterback) Merrell.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Ann Todd Merrell, as well as his brothers and sisters-in-law, Don (Naomi) Merrell, Bob (Lois) Merrell and Eugene (Helen) Merrell; sisters and brothers-in-law, Maxene (Bob) Cunningham, Louise (Clarence) Fox, Margaret (Max) Brown and Ann (Raymond) Myers; as well as his parents.
He is survived by his three children, Jennifer (Dick) Demoret, Jeanne Merrell and Jeff Merrell, all of Crawfordsville; six grandchildren, Michael (Christy) Demoret, Adam Demoret, Deena Britton (Mike) Siggins, Chad Britton, Haley Merrell (Josh) Kunkle and Tyler Merrell; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Harold was a U. S. Navy veteran, having been stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. He had a 34 year career at RR Donnelley & Sons; and was a 20-year volunteer at Culver and Franciscan Health Crawfordsville;
He was a father, husband and son of noble character, true to his vows to serve his country and provide for his wife and children. Always thinking of others before himself; giving 100 percent of his abilities. He was a naturally talented artist, historian and story teller.
Harold would like to let you know his work here is done. He got a call; an offer he couldn’t refuse for an appointment from which he will not be returning. An assignment that comes with a bonus; a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time. He left detailed instructions for his family and friends here: to “celebrate” his mission that has been completed here on earth.
A visitation time of rememberance will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 at Powers-Priebe Funeral Home. Cremation will follow with a family committal service being held at the Waynetown Masonic Cemetery at a later date. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Crawfordsville American Legion Honor Guard and the U.S.Navy.
Memorials in Harold’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
Online condolences may be made at www.powerspriebefh.com.