Al Merry was born in Bradford, Pa., on May 8, 1930, the only son of Archie and Eunice (Gunnin) Merry.
After high school, Al moved to Erie to work and study as a draftsman in the GE Apprentice program. While it was work that brought him to town, it was a beautiful girl at an ice cream shop in Wesleyville that gave him his purpose in life and a reason to stay. Al took Mary Paradise as his bride on December 2, 1950, and was soon blessed with four happy children, Jan, Kathy, Michael, and Kenny.
Throughout the years, Al excelled in his career at AMSCO-Steris, and helped design the Quarantine for the Apollo 11 lunar mission. While he was proud of his work, he valued family above all else. Al and Mary always found time to travel together and seek new adventures across the U.S. They watched hula dancers in Hawaii, explored caverns in Tennessee, and wintered with treasured friends in Florida. He was a member of the Siebenbuerger and Zukor Clubs, and enjoyed playing cards, taking classes, and working out at the Mercy Center. Al remained young at heart, and after turning eighty, he took his first glider flight.
Al followed his wife and his youngest son, Kenny, to rest in the light of God on July 23, 2014.
Al is survived by his children, Jan Bisbee (Tom), Kathy Arrowsmith (Roy), Michael Merry (Toni), and daughter-in-law Karen Merry. He is also survived by many grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Jayson Whelpley (Carrie), Ryan Whelpley (and girlfriend, Stephanie), Sarah Troup (Nick), Angela Bisbee, Matt Merry (Rachael), Kelsey Merry, Nicole Wilson (Matt), Alicia Bisbee, Jonathan Merry, Brian Arrowsmith (Adrianne), and Lora Magaldi (David). He was also very proud of his great-grandchildren: Fia, Cai, Liliana, Chase, Jacob, Payton, and Nicholas.
Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 2607 Buffalo Rd., on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited to attend a Funeral Service there on Saturday at 10 a.m. Private interment will be held at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
, Erie Unit, 2115 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16508, or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Published in the Erie Times-News from July 24 to July 25, 2014