He was 72.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Janet, three sons: Chris, Coby, and John, four grandchildren: Kallen, Mitchell, Katie and Tanner, two sisters Marlene Petrella and Carole Diegan, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Merle was born and raised in Ohio.
He started his hot-metal type business in 1960 in Marlboro, NY, moved it to Idaho in 1989 and sold it in 1998.
He was in the Army from 1964 to ‘66.
He loved the “mat” business, fly fishing, hunting and spending time with friends and family.
Merle suffered from Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), a progressive neurodegenerative disease with cognitive, motor, sleep, and behavioral symptoms.
There is no cure, so the last few years our focus had been on maintaining his quality of life.
We received exceptional care at Hospice House of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID., 83835. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/hospiceofnorthidaho Donations may be made to this organization or to Lewy Body Dementia Assoc., 912 Killian Hill Road, W.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 or this donation website: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/LewyBody Dementia-LBD/OnlineDonation.html The family is planning a service in honor of Merle to be held this summer at Priest Lake, ID.
Family and friends will be notified.
Merle’s sisters are planning a time to be together at Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, OH where part of Merle’s cremated remains will be shipped.
They will notify family and friends in that area.
Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com