BARRE - Edward Ahonen Merchant, 76, of Cabot Street and formerly of East Barre and Websterville, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
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Born on June 11, 1935, in Burlington, he was the son of Richard and Olympia (Ahonen) Merchant. He attended East Barre School and Spaulding High School. At 17 years of age, Ed joined the United States Navy during the Korean conflict from 1952 to 1956. He served on the USS Bristol. Later, he served in the Vermont Army National Guard.
On June 16, 1957, Ed married Kathleen Jewell in Marshfield. They made their home in East Barre and Websterville before moving to Cabot Street in Barre.
Ed worked for the Rock of Ages quarries in Graniteville for many years as a driller, retiring in 2001. He also worked as a driller on the interstate construction.
He was a past member of the East Barre Congregational Church. He enjoyed building bird feeders and birdhouses, watching Sprint Cup Racing, antiquing and going to garage and lawn sales. Spending time with his children and grandchildren was very important to him.
Besides his wife, Kathleen Merchant, of Barre, he is survived by three children, Bonnie Flanagan and her husband, Edward, of Montpelier, Steven Merchant and his wife, Carol, of Washington, and Keith Merchant and his fiancée, Darcy Parker, of Brookfield; four grandsons, Justin Merchant and his wife, Nicole, of East Orange, Gabriel Flanagan of Denver, Colo., Sheehan Flanagan and Brendan Flanagan, both of Montpelier; a great-grandson, Keegan Merchant, of East Orange; three step-granddaughters and six step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and special friends. He will be missed by all who were close to him. His parents predeceased him.
A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, June 15, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. There are no calling hours.
Following the graveside service, family and friends will gather for a celebration of Ed's life at the American Legion Post 10, 320 N. Main St., Barre, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the
in Vermont, 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published in Times Argus from May 24 to May 26, 2012