Franklin "Don" Merritt, 75, of Carter Rd., Albion, Pa., died on Friday, June 20, 2014.
He was born on August 12, 1939, in Lee, Florida, a son of the late Ervin F. and Frankie Mildred Ragans Merritt.
Don was raised and educated in Madison County, Fla. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy
and served in the Vietnam War
. Following his honorable discharge, Don moved to Albion and was a tool and die maker for Hytech Tool and Design until he retired.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Chandra Merritt; four sisters, Annie Rodgers, Delores Neill, Josie Merritt, and Shirley Merritt; and two brothers, E. F. and James Merritt.
Don is survived by his wife, Jean R. Dingfelder Merritt of Albion; daughter, Melissa "Melsa" Wirtz and her husband, Jeff, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and sister, Joyce Rutherford of Lee, Fla. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and attend the funeral service there on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Corry, Pa.
Memorials may be made to the Erie Regional Cancer Center, 2500 W. 12th Street, Erie, PA 16505.
Published in the Erie Times-News on June 22, 2014