Vernon C. Merrifield

Born: Wed., Aug. 30, 1939
Died: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 09, 2018
Location: Montpelier - East Main St.

Memorial Service

6:00 PM Fri., Feb. 09, 2018
Location: Montpelier - East Main St.

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Vernon C. Merrifield, 78, of Bryan, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on August 30, 1939 in Montpelier to Clair O. and Martha E. (Newcomber) Merrifield. In 1956 Vernon started working on the Wabash Railroad as an equipment repairman and retired in 2000 after 44 years of service. On April 4, 1980 he married Ruth P. Suydam in Montpelier and she survives.

Vernon was a member of the Eagles and V.F.W. in Bryan. He loved woodworking, model trains and spending time with his family. He and Ruth enjoyed many camping trips out on their motorcycle.

Vernon is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ruth P. Merrifield; four children, Suzan Q. Hensley and Heidi J. Treesh both of Bryan, Timothy (Jackie) Merrifield of West Unity and Scott (Christy) Merrifield of Bryan; three step children, Rhonda Suydam and Ray Suydam both of Bryan and Robbie (Kate) Suydam of Caswell, TN; 18 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; one brother, Richard H. Merrifield of Montpelier and one sister, Ethel M. Green of Angola, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Frank Merrifield, two sisters, Ruth Suffel and Donna Lyons and two step children, Rex and Ruthie Suydam.

A time to receive friends will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 2-6 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. A memorial service will take place at 6:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor David Oliphant to officiate. Donations may be made in Vernon’s memory to the Make A Wish Foundation.

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Robert Johns
   Posted Tue February 06, 2018
Sorry Scott,& Tim to hear about your dad, may God be with all of you in this sad time for all of you.may he help your hearts heel from your loss, God bless all of you.

Everett (Sonny) & Linda Cooper
   Posted Tue February 06, 2018
Oh, the many good times we shared! Our love and prayers, Ruth and Children for each of you. Will always remember this gentle friend!

George Clark The Villages, Flordia
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018
I express my condolences to the entire Merrifield family. Vern and I grew up next door neighbors in Montpelier.

Leo and Carol Cupp
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018
So sorry for your loss. He was a great man. May God put His arms around all of you now in your time of need. God Bless all of you!

Steve Storrer
   Posted Thu February 08, 2018
To the family of Vernon Merrifield,

My sincere condolences. I was very sad to hear of his passing. May God give you the comfort that only He can give at this difficult time.

Toni Sallows
   Posted Fri February 09, 2018
Erin and the family of Vernon so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to him when you had birthday parties he was very pleasant and so talented with his wood carving I remember the beautiful things he made the kids. Praying for the family that God will give you peace and comfort ... Love Grandpa and Grandma Sallows

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