1930 - 2018
Merritt Oct. 23, 1930 - Jan. 3, 2018 FORT BELVOIR, VA General Jack N. Merritt, who rose from Army Draftee Private to Four Star General and United States Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, died on Jan. 3, 2018, at his home in Virginia. Merritt was born in Lawton in 1930 and married Rosemary Ralston, also a Lawton native, in 1953. He entered the Army at Fort Sill as a private and was commissioned from the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School. He was Commanding General of Fort Sill from Oct. 1977 to July of 1980. Merritt was a 1948 graduate of Classen High School and attended Oklahoma University. While he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he maintained a loyalty to and relationship with Oklahoma University throughout his life. General Merritt is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rosemary; and his two sons, Grover Merritt, of Tulsa, OK; and Roger Merritt, of Morristown, NJ; as well as six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His eldest son, Stephen, predeceased him in 1996. He is also survived by a sister, Barbara Merritt, of Oklahoma City.
Published by Oklahoman on Jan. 14, 2018.
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Thank you Craig. We had some wonderful times dirt biking together. The country lost a great soldier, statesman and patriot. For me, simply said, I lost my father and one of my closest friends.
Roger Merritt
March 19, 2018
My mentor and inspiration as a soldier in the army. I am forever grateful for his advice, counsel, patience, and for the time we spent together at Fort Hood. Rest in Peace Sir.
Craig Randall
February 7, 2018
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