Charles F. Merchant, 90, of Floral City, passed away May 17, 2013, in the Citrus County Hospice Unit at Citrus Memorial hospital. Mr. Merchant was born on May 22, 1922, in Winthrop, Mass., to the late John and Gladys (Doane) Merchant and moved to this area 35 years ago from Miami. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant with 22 years of service, having served our country during World War II and the Korean conflict.
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Mr. Merchant is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marie (Racca) Merchant; three children, Donna Lorenzo, Honolulu, Hawaii; Constance Wright, Roanoke, Va.; Janice Blakely, Pompano Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Frances Johnson, on July 28, 2000.
The Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. James Johnson, celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chas E Davis Funeral Home, where there will be a wake vigil service offered at 6 p.m.
Chas E. Davis Funeral Home
3075 S. Florida Ave. Inverness, FL 34450
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on May 19, 2013