STEPHEN MERRILL
1984 - 2015
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STEPHEN
MERRILL, 31

WINTER HAVEN - Stephen Merrill, 31, passes away February 12, 2015, due to a uppercut from Batman.
He was born January 28, 1984, the son of Larry Ronald Merrill and Bridgett I. Dotson Merrill. He was in retail sales at The Big Shop in Legoland, Florida.
In addition to his parents, Stephen is survived by his fiancée, Stephanie Vella; son, Noah; and sister, Kimberly.
Visitation is Tuesday, February 17, 2015, from 12-1PM with a celebration of life at 1PM, both at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven.




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Published in The Ledger from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2015.
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February 9, 2021
Still close in my thoughts...
Alicia Silkey
Friend
December 20, 2017
I just wanted to let the family know that his obit is still bringing a smile to faces in Dec 2017 where I came across it by accident thru a link with other funny obits. Thank you for honoring him this way so that he can still touch strangers lives years later and bring a smile to someone who desperately needed one today!
Connie Giesbrecht
March 21, 2015
What an appropriate send off ....God bless this family for having the courage to send this man out with a bang...love it...and God has a great sense of humor...
Iris Sistrunk
March 19, 2015
REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND
TIMELESS CREATION COMICS
March 18, 2015
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, all who knew Stephen in his mere, mortal form. He has joined with us, in a galaxy far, far away. He is using his new found super powers for the good of all mankind and will stand with us to battle and win over evil-doers. Know ye, all friends of Stephen, you will reunite with your friend in the future, on another plain of life. Be it known to all the villainous people and creatures, Stephen has bound his new life to the crusaders of Timeless Creation Comics and we will conquer over all evil!!!!
TIMELESS CREATION COMMICS Searchers
March 2, 2015
Rest in peace.
christina melendez
March 2, 2015
Thats sad to hear and im sorry to about your loss.God bless him.
christina melendez
February 28, 2015
Put out an APB on the Bat! R.I.P. Plasticgnome.
February 24, 2015
R.I.P Stephen. A brother in Comics is a brother in Heaven.
February 24, 2015
Rest in piece brother.
Matches Malone
February 24, 2015
R.I.P. Stephen, from one comic fan to another.
February 24, 2015
I honestly don't know you. Your story though hurts. I wish your family nothing but the best. I truly believe there's something better on the other side and I know you'll find peace. I send my prayers to your family.

-G.P.L
February 24, 2015
Rest In Peace, Stephen!!! Quack Quack Quack
Penquin The
February 24, 2015
I'm missing you somethin serious bub. I know you are proud about all of this
Kimberly Merrill
February 24, 2015
Rest in peace. It's hard when people die so young. My condolences to your family.
Juan Navarro
February 23, 2015
Rest in Peace , from an IGN reader and fellow gamer/comic fan
Jean Pierre
February 23, 2015
Rest in peace Mr. Merrill. I wish you get unlimited access to comic books wherever you go.
Saadman Hussain
February 23, 2015
RIP Stephen - you seemed like a cool guy, and this small but touching tribute from your family ensures you'll be remembered forever!
Jason Evans
February 23, 2015
You sound like an amazing person. My thoughts and love to you and your family. At least you're gonna have the best seats in the house for Age of Ultron!
Rachel West
February 23, 2015
"The Justice League"
February 23, 2015
IGN brought me here.
Andrew
February 23, 2015
R.I.P Stephen . I didn't know you but your part of the comic family. Always will be. Hope your watching BVS wherever you are.
Adam Wells
February 23, 2015
Rest in peace, and may you enjoy reading all comics in heaven. Rest well.
Grant Flatt
February 23, 2015
Rest in peace Stephen Merrill. It would have been an honor to have met you. I would like to extend my condolences to family and friends. Batman, somehow got a lucky punch in.
Becky Beckford
February 23, 2015
I didn't know you Stephen but I saw an article about you on IGN.com My sincere condolences to your family and loved ones during this tremendously difficult time. You were gone too soon.

May you rest in peace.

Comic book fans are some of the greatest fans in the world.
Anonymous
February 23, 2015
Rest in peace, Hope you enjoy Bat-heaven!
Pat Lawlor
February 23, 2015
I didn't know you but it sounds like you were a good man. "They say the good die young".
Matthew Hansen
February 23, 2015
Read a story about this on IGN.com, and wanted to give my condolences to the family. It was incredibly touching, and I'll keep your family in my prayers.
Zack
February 23, 2015
My deepest sympathies to his family. He will live on in the Hall of Justice, the Batcave and our hearts.
Jared DiPietro
February 23, 2015
Only a true comic book fan would leave us with such magnificent phrase... my hearthfelt sympathies to your family and friends
Joaquin
February 23, 2015
From one comic book fan to another you will be missed, my prayers go out to your family and friends.
Andrew
February 23, 2015
May he rest in peace.
Batman: my bad.
shawn sandman
February 23, 2015
Batman will have pay for his crimes my deepest condolences
Harvey Dent
February 23, 2015
Rest in Peace Stephen. You will be sorely missed.
Michael MacLeod
February 23, 2015
Such sad news, deepest condolences from a fellow comic book fan.
Tom Wilson
February 23, 2015
Too young, RIP. Now you can read all the comics you want.
Jesse McAvoy
February 23, 2015
Rest in peace, amazing to see everyone connecting in a moment of sadness through a comic figure.
Kyle Polidore
February 23, 2015
Rest in peace fellow comic book nerd. We (and Batman) will miss you. BTW, IGN sent me here.
Greg Lee
February 23, 2015
I do not, and did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr Merrill. I am from London, England, and came across his story through a website. I concur with what another guest had said, and truly hope that DC Comics pays attention to this. Mr Merrill, I hope, took great enjoyment in his life from their work and indirectly dedicated his passing, to their work. May the lord rest his soul, and I wish the family all the best.
Dev Kumar Parmar
February 23, 2015
Heartfelt sympathies to family and friends.
God bless...
Tracy Lightfoot
February 23, 2015
My sincerest condolences to Stephen's family. A good man has passed on, but he will live on in our memories forever.
Andrew
February 23, 2015

This came over the local news feed on facebook in Nashville.. I am truly saddened. Miss you all."

Michael Labrie (Nashville, TN)
Michael Labrie
February 22, 2015
Rest in peace Merrill. My sympathy to your family.

God Bless,
Pastor Greg George
Berne, Indiana
Pastor Greg George
February 22, 2015
Always knew he would go to far one day. Rest well friend.
Superman
February 22, 2015
Sorry for your loss!
Steve from Parma Ohio.
February 22, 2015
This came over the local news feed on facebook in Nashville.. I am truly saddened. Miss you all.
Michael Labrie
February 22, 2015
RIP
Clark Kent
February 22, 2015
I'm from Australia and I was served by Bread when I visited legoland. Sorry for your loss.
Rachel Gray
February 22, 2015
Batman is tough!
Robin
February 22, 2015
Very sorry for the passing of a fellow fan. Even Batman accidentally hits the best of men.
RIP
Enigma Four
February 22, 2015
all accidents must be answered for. May justice prevail. My sympathies.
Clark Kent
February 22, 2015
Sorry for your loss. Prayers from Indiana.
Steve Horne
February 22, 2015
Rest in peace!
Cat Woman
February 22, 2015
Michael Scruggs
February 21, 2015
"among good company" - the Joker
February 21, 2015
So very sorry for your loss!
Heidi Miller
February 21, 2015
I'll avenge you.
The Joker
February 21, 2015
I saw this through being shared on Facebook. I don't know Stephen Merrill but I wanted to give my condolences to the family and friends. I read the story that the Ledger printed and I hope DC Comics does see this and does something special for his son. My prayers to you all.
Sheri Brandt
February 21, 2015
Stephanie
February 21, 2015
Sorry for your loss and to hear the passing of a fellow fan.
Troy Scally
February 21, 2015
My deepest condolences.
Bruce Wayne
February 21, 2015
Hell of a way to go, rest well buddy. I came across this online, just now. After seeing this, I wish I knew Steve. My condolences to everyone who knew & loved Mr. Merrill.
Ed Snyder
February 21, 2015
My heart felt sympathies to Stephen and his family. I'm sure it was a accident, if Batman could say anything to you all I'm sure he would agree.
Bruce Wayne
February 21, 2015
I don't know you personally but i read your story on FB...I to am a comicbook fan and your family is awesome to honor you like that....RIP Bro
Ishma'el Perry
February 20, 2015
How inspiring to celebrate his life then mourn his death. Read this story and had to send some love from Oklahoma.
jessica McCullough
February 20, 2015
Sometimes The Batman strikes a good guy by mistake. Steve was one of the best!
Tom Reay
February 18, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to you all during this very difficult time.
Gloria Camacho-Torres
February 18, 2015
I will never forget you , Bread !! You put up such a good fight, Remembering the jokes and the laughing is getting us past this sadness. Rest easy my friend...
Alicia Silkey
February 17, 2015
I'll always remember growing up with you, stephen and the times we shared. Love ya, cousin.
david merrill
February 17, 2015
He will always be with us, in every story we share, every joke we tell, every good laugh we have, Stephen will be there. He was the best friend a guy could ask for and I will continue to miss him every day until I meet him on the other side. I will forever remain your friend and brother
Richie Davis
February 16, 2015
Dearest Bridget, Larry, Kimberly, and Merrill family, I am so saddened and heartbroken to hear of Stephen's sudden passing. Please know that I love you all so much and feel the pain of your loss.
Keep the wonderful memories alive and thank God for his blessings.

With Love
Diane M
February 16, 2015
I'll get the Batman for this....
Victor Fries
February 16, 2015
I will forever keep our memories growing up swimming and just hanging out as kids in my heart! RIP cousin <3
Nickie Furnish
February 16, 2015
Rest in Peace bubba. I love you.
Kimberly Merrill
February 16, 2015
Love you bubba. Rest in Peace
Kimberly Merrill
February 15, 2015
He will be greatly missed. He was such a wonderful person and I had a great time working with him. Prayers for the family.
Shelley Rybak
February 15, 2015
Bridget, Larry, Kimberly, Carl, and Merrill family, I am so sorry to hear of Stephen's passing. You are all very dear to me and will always be a part of my family. May the Lord hold each of you in his comforting arms and help heal your pain.



18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
- Psalm 34:18
Diane Camacho Mulloney
February 15, 2015
Kaz Miller
February 15, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Kaz Miller
February 15, 2015
There are no words that will ease your pain, just know my thoughts and prayers for your family will forever remain.
Mark Furnish
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