Max O. Merry Sr.

BRIGHTON — Max O. Merry Sr. of Brighton, formerly of Sears, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Angela Hospice in Livonia. He was 82.

Mr. Merry was born November 12, 1936 in Clement Township, Gladwin County, Michigan, to James F. and Bertha G. (Corlew) Merry. He graduated from Vanderbilt High School in 1954. He was a proud Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Irwin DD794. Max married Dorothy Grace Gallihugh in Gaylord on October 10, 1958 and she preceded him in death in 1997.

He was a 60-year member of the Operating Engineers Local 324 and had worked all over Michigan. Mr. Merry was a past member of the Lake Rod and Gun Club and the Lake Eagles. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed playing poker.

Max is survived by his five children, Rick (Kathy) Jones of Onaway, James (Kim Bosley) Merry II of Reed City, Max (Joanne) Merry Jr. of Stanton, Steven (Hillary) Merry of Xenia, Ohio, Terri (Ken) Ladwig of Brighton; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Doris (Jerry) Haskin of Gaylord; and his brother, Robert (Karen) Merry of Millsboro, Delaware.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Bertha Merry; his wife, Dorothy Grace Merry in 1997; and two grandsons, James Merry III in 2005 and Michael Allen Merry in 2018.

Funeral services honoring the life of Max Orlando Merry Sr. will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart with Pastor Mike James officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, June 13, at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to services Friday. Mr. Merry will be laid to rest next to his wife in Forest Hill Cemetery, Evart, Michigan.

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