Edward John Merchant Dimondale Age 88, died Friday, June 28, 2013 at Wynwood of Meridian Assisted Living. Born in Lansing on May 24, 1925, the son of Matthew and Agnes (Pickerton) Merchant. Mr. Merchant went by the name of John to his friends. John served in the US Navy during World War II on the USS Cresent City and the USS Bremerton. He was the former Commander of the Potterville VFW Post and enjoyed going to his Ship reunions for the USS Bremerton. John retired from Motor Wheel as an Electrician in 1987 following 37 years of service. He taught himself how to crochet and had made many residents at Wynwood lap afghans. He married Phyllis Hill on November 2, 1946 and following retirement they enjoyed traveling with their 5th-wheel with Jayco and Good Sam's groups. He enjoyed gardening, helping others and his pride and joy was his 1950 Massey Harris tractor. Preceding him in death were his wife Phyllis Merchant in 2009; daughter, Penny Box in 1974; 2 brothers, Alfred and Marvin Merchant; granddaughter, Teresa Fast; son-in-law, Walter Whalen. Surviving are 4 daughters, Sandy Fast of Charlotte, Nancy Whalen of Newberry, Sue (Steve) Valora of Papillion, NE. and Agnes (Neal) Robertson of Eaton Rapids; 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Betty (Rod) Stuart of Perry and Barbara (Jack) Bentgen of St. Ignace; numerous nieces and nephews. John's wishes were to be cremated and a private family graveside service will be at the Dimondale Cemetery next to his wife. For online condolences please go to www.SkinnerFuneralHome.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on June 30, 2013