Colonel Merle Bare
Colonel Merle Bare passed away on September 24, 2013 in Pensacola, Florida. He was born to Charles and Nannie Bare on May 23, 1924 in Union, West Virginia.
Merle enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of seventeen. Merle lived his dream as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force during a distinguished 33 year career which included service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Upon retirement, he dabbled in real estate and spent another 15 years in the private sector traveling to Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Diego Garcia before retiring to Gulf Breeze, FL. Merle spent many years in the Lion's Club and served as a scout leader for his son Charles "Smokey" Bare. In Gulf Breeze, he joined his wife Betty in their tireless work to support Gulf Breeze Interfaith Ministries and the Good Samaritan Clinic.
Merle's career in the military brought him all over the world. His wife, Betty, followed him to Europe and the British Isles where their son was born. After retiring to Gulf Breeze, the Bares traveled to Australia, New Zealand, South America, Hawaii, Alaska and back to Europe.
After his wife's death in 2010, Merle focused on his grandchildren. He loved to spend time with them. Above all, Merle Bare was a patriot who loved this country and the opportunities it granted a 17 year old boy from the hills of West Virginia. His service is an inspiration to those who have known and loved him.
Merle is survived by his daughters, Delores (Mike) and Mary (Chris); son, Charles (JoEllen); and six grandchildren, April, Conner, Davis, Jackson, Ross and Todd.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 11th at 11am at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, 6 E Wright Street. A reception will follow in the Perry Home.
Special thanks are extended to Covenant Hospice for making Merle's final hours more comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice or First United Methodist Church of Pensacola.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Oct. 5, 2013