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Earl Merritt "Tootles" Cady

Earl Merritt "Tootles" Cady, age 75, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2014 after a long battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 

Earl, nicknamed by his father and known as "Tootles" to his family and friends, was born in Girard, Michigan on November 28, 1938 to Merritt Henry and Elizabeth Mary (Willrich) Cady.  After his father's death, he moved to Marshall with his mother and siblings.  He was very outgoing and made many friends, some lifelong.  Earl met Donna Weddle in 1958 and they were married a year later.  Together, they resided in Marshall and had three children.

As a young man, Earl was employed by Loomis' Market for 4 years and Corning Glass of Albion for 17 years.  He started a fence installation business in 1974.  He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fruit and vegetable gardener.  He also spent his spare time cooking, trapping, hunting, fishing, singing, and playing the guitar.  Earl's true passion was spending time with his family and many friends.  An avid joke and storyteller, he was often found at the kitchen table serving up laughter, his newest culinary creation, and a hot cup of coffee.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Georgia Bitz, his sister Marion Drouillard, his brother Merrill Cady, great grandson Isaiah Neeley, a special nephew, Tony Drouillard, friends Larry Marsh, Bill Robinson, Earl Samson, Carlos Bailey, Oscar Talbot, Gene Lafferty, and Tony Ballatore.  He is survived by his sister, Arlene Delaney of Marshall; his son, Nicholas (Starr) Cady of Marshall; his daughter, Rebecca Cady of Battle Creek; his daughter, Connie (Kevin) Faber of Ceresco; eight grandchildren who lovingly refer to Earl as Poppy, Terri Ann White, Crystal (Jason) Lane, Heather Poole, Tonya Cady,  Tony Green, Megan (Tom) Heppler, Michael Dye, and Mitchell Faber; 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; "sons" David Dye and Tony Green; and friends Robbie Summerfield, Al Pryor, Bob Miller, Jim Tunning, Pondale Petroff, Carlos Washington, Freddie Palmer, Ron Goodman, and Dean Behnke.

The family is holding a private memorial service.  Donations in memory of Earl may be made to the .

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Apr. 5, 2014
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