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Russell Edward Merker

February 17, 1946 October 5, 2018
Russell Edward Merker
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Russell E. Merker, 72, died October 5, 2018. He was born in San Luis Obispo, California to Jane and Russell Merker. An only child, Rusty spent his childhood growing up in Wilmington, Ohio where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing sports. He played on the basketball team and was quarterback for the Wilmington High School Hurricanes. We are not sure if his football coach ever realized that he was the one that pulled the prank of putting a turkey in his car, but now the secret is out. He subsequently served in the US Air Force Reserves, the 302nd Troop Carrier Wing, along with his cousin Nick Babb.

Russ graduated from The Ohio State University and never missed watching a Buckeye football game. He beamed that he was in the stands for the 1950 snow bowl game against Michigan, remembering not the cold but the excitement for the game and the bitter Buckeye loss. Later, he would also finish his Masters Degree from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He started his career working for NCR but would eventually find his life’s work at Metal Container Corporation, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Bush. He loyally worked for MCC for over 30 years until his retirement, with positions in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, St. Louis, Missouri and Cartersville, Georgia, until he retired in 2009.

He met the love of his life, Nedra, in high school but it was only after graduation that their romance would blossom. Their courtship was memorialized as they were caught in the backdrop of a photo featured on the front page of the newspaper, much to the surprise of their parents who did not know that they were together that weekend. Affectionately Nedra called him Griffin and he called her Arden. They were lovingly married for 47 years before her passing in 2016, and he missed her terribly. Griffin joined her in heaven just one day after their 49th wedding anniversary.

Together they raised three children, Heidi, Mathew and Andrew. He instilled an ethic of hard work and was a role model for a dedicated father to not only them but to their spouses Karl, Deborah, and Amie. Every spring break when his kids were growing up, Dad would drive 22 hours after a long day at work to take the family to Jensen Beach, Florida to visit his in-laws Paul and Betty. He was up in the dark to be the first at the Snook Nook to buy bait and have lines in the water surf fishing for blues at sunrise. He spent more time baiting kids hooks and casting poles in the water than his own fishing, but that was Dad.

With the arrival his first grandchild, Russ forevermore became PopPop. His favorite game was hop on PopPop, and the grandkids would inevitably win the wrestling match by tiring him out until he took a nap. He was the proud PopPop to Bryson, Abbie, Jessie, Mack, Nathan, Chloe, Max, and Marlena.

After retirement, golf became his passion in every sense of the game. When he could not be out on the course playing 18-holes, he was tuned in to the Golf Channel. And no matter what, he was always dressed the part with matching pant, shirt, belt, golf hat, shoes and glasses.

Russ died at MDAnderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX after a long battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He fought his cancer hard, supported every day by the cheering of his family and friends, for which he remained eternally grateful. He passed peacefully with all three of his children by his side.

Russ will always be remembered for his love of family and thoughtfulness. So many of us now have a permanent void without his daily calls and texts.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. October 10 at Carmichaels Funeral Home in Marietta, Georgia. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Graveside services will follow at Kennesaw Memorial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MDAnderson Cancer Center or he would simply encourage others to go and donate blood as he was the recipient of frequent transfusions and would appreciate returning the kindness that others gave him

Donations may be made to MDAnderson Cancer Center: https://gifts.mdanderson.org


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Visitation

Wednesday

10

Oct

10:00 AM 10/10/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/10/2018 11:00:00 AM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta
1130 Whitlock Avenue Marietta 30064 GA
United States

Service

Wednesday

10

Oct

11:00 AM 10/10/2018 11:00:00 AM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta
1130 Whitlock Avenue Marietta 30064 GA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Kennesaw Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1306 Whitlock Ave
Marietta, Georgia 30064

1306 Whitlock Ave Marietta 30064 Georgia
United States

Memorial Contribution

MD Anderson

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