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Sylvester (Les)

A. Merritt, Jr.

Merritt Island, FL

Lt. Colonel Sylvester A. Merritt. Jr., (Ret), 78, of Merritt Island, FL died on April 1, 2014.

Les graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, received his Bachelor's of Science from the University of Nebraska and his MBA from Texas Tech University.

In 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Les graduated from the Infantry OCS, and was an honor graduate of the C&GS College in Ft. Leavenworth. Les served tours in Korea, Germany (2) and Vietnam. After retiring from the military, Les worked 20 years at Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University as a computer analyst and purchasing manager.

Les was a life member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC). Les was the Chairman of the Scholarship Corporation Board, was on the Board of Directors and an editor of the intercom newsletter. Les was secretary of the MOAACC Satellite Beach Investment Club.

Les was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera.

Les is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Cozette, his two daughters Colette (Iowa) and Constance (Florida) and son Sylvester III (Georgia). Les had eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Sylvester served with pride God, country and family and is at peace with God.

A memorial mass will be at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Viera, 11:30am Saturday, April 5. His ashes will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his honor to the MOAACC Scholarship Fund, P O Box 254708, Patrick Air Force Base, FL 32925-4708 These contributions will be used to establish the Lt. Colonel Sylvester A. Merritt, Jr. scholarship.

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Apr. 4, 2014
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