Merrill and his family moved to the Berea area when he was young, and he was a 1950 graduate of Berea High School. After high school he went on to serve in the U.S. Army.
Merrill worked for Larson Steel Foundry in Grafton for many years, and then for Cascade Patterns in Elyria. He worked on the family farm as well. Merrill was an active member of Faith Christian Church in Spencer. He enjoyed reading, and woodworking, but especially cherished time spent with his family.
Merrill is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Gloria (nee Boise) Studebaker; children, Linda (Carl) Threatt of Florida, Dwight (Mitsi) Studebaker of Roanoke, Virginia, Joe (Gail) Studebaker of Baconton, Georgia, and Joan (John) Wallis of W. Chicago, Illinois; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and a sister, Cynthia Allen of Wellington.
Merrill was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Studebaker.
Friends and family will be received Friday, May 24, 2013 from 1 to 3 P.M., at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 South Main Street, Wellington, with service beginning at 3 P.M., Reverend Thomas Keller officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington.