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75, of Perry Twp., went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2014. William was born in Canton, Ohio, on April 15, 1939, to the late William S. and Mary Jane Merriman II. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School class of 1957; served in the U.S. Marine Corps.; and retired from the Timken Co. in 1999 after 42 years of service. William was a member of Wm. McKinley Masonic Lodge F&AM #431, having been Past Master. He served as Thrice Potent Master A.A.S.P., Valley of Canton, District Deputy Grand Master of the 21st Masonic District, Past Associate Guardian of Bethel #31 Jobs Daughters and was coroneted Honorary 33rd degree Mason in 1990. He was a member of the McKinley Detachment Marine Corps League, involved in Toys For Tots, The York Bodies of Canton, Tadmor Temple Shrine and Nazir Grotto. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and gardening. Preceded in death by his grandson, Bradley LaBuda; and brother, Gene David Merriman.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sandra; children: Michele (Jeff) Diss, Debbie (Harold) Ritz, Suzanne (David) LaBuda and William S. Merriman IV; grandchildren: Christina, Diana, Jessica, Andrew, Matthew, Danielle, Paul, Allison, Michael and Zachary; eight great-grandchildren; four brothers; one sister; his loving dog Bubba; and many other loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family would like to thank the nurses on 6 south at Aultman Hospital and the staff at Aultman Compassionate Care for their love and care.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday Aug. 4, 2014, at the Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel. Family and friends may visit on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, from 3-6 p.m., with a Masonic Service at 6 p.m. Entombment will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery with a Veterans Service at the Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Canton Masonic Learning Center for Dyslexia. Those wishing to send condolences or leave a special message may do so at the Reed online guestbook at:
Reed Funeral Home
705 Raff Road SW Canton, OH 44710
Published in The Repository on Aug. 1, 2014