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Melvin Lee Merriman, age 76, of Townline Lake, Lakeview, began his earthly journey on September 16, 1939 in Grand Rapids and his family and friends walked him Home on November 21, 2015.  After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served from 1957-1960.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marinus & Helen Pauline (Bos) Merriman.   Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Gloria (Rynbrandt) Merriman of Lakeview;  their three children, Brenda & Frank Kilbourne of Marshall, Steven Merriman of Grand Rapids, and David & Jeanne Merriman of Six Lakes;  two grandsons, Daniel and Lucas;  a sister, Pauline VanElst, and her children Julie, Pam, and John Jr.;  and his mother-in-law, Henrietta Rynbrandt Abbey. 

"Go rest high on that mountain…  Son, your work on earth is done."  You were loved !  

Visitation with the family is from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the Lakeview United Church of Christ, 115 Fifth Street, Lakeview, where memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2015.  Pastor Dave England will officiate and military honors, rendered by the United States Navy, will conclude the ceremony.  A  luncheon will follow in the church hall.  

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Melvin's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.



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  1. The Billers on November 22, 2015 at 12:00 am

    We will always have great memories of Mel and Heaven has received another Angel.

  2. Denny & sue Biller on November 22, 2015 at 12:00 am

  3. Linda Baird on November 22, 2015 at 12:00 am

  4. Virginia VanNortrick (Frame) on November 22, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I am so, so sorry about your loss! I will always remember Mel and the great things he did! Glo= Love you!!

    -Viginia (Gin)

  5. Jenn (Wakenhut) Johnson on November 24, 2015 at 12:00 am

  6. Carol Bloem Heemstra on November 24, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Gloria, I am so sorry to read that Mel has passed away. My deepest sympathy to you and the children. Herm passed away in June, so I am just a little farther along in this grief journey. Heaven is nearer and more longed for every day.

  7. Bob and Donna Beaton, Florida on November 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family, Gloria. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  8. Penny Clemence on November 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Prayers for you, Gloria, and all of your family. May you find comfort and peace knowing he is in a better place. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Gerald and Kriss Slot on November 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Lots of good memories from Newhall RCYF when Mel and Gloria were our leaders. You are in are thoughts and prayers. Ger and Kriss Slot

  10. Lavonne Moblo and Molly Moblo Perusse on November 26, 2015 at 12:00 am

    May you all be continually blessed with beautiful memories of Mel. He was well loved and left a lovely legacy. Love you all.

  11. Ed &Sheila Bailiff on November 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

    We were glad to be your friend we have good memories of you RIP you will be missed. Gloria you have our thoughts and prayers Love your friends Ed & Sheila

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