Click HERE to view John's Life Tribute Video.John Robert Merrill age 63 of Sayner, WI and formerly of Beaver Dam, died peacefully in his home on April 3, 2012, with his loving wife Mary by his side.
Born on August 4, 1948, in Beaver Dam, our “Dad” contributed a lifetime of laughter to the lives of those who knew and loved him. To say John was loved would be an understatement. Born 4th in line of a pack of 8, John has made such a huge impression on the hearts of everyone who has crossed his path. He now joins his father and mother, Lynn and Marilyn (Homrich) Merrill, his brother, David, and his niece, Jennifer (Schneider) Hahn in heaven. They have all waited, with open arms, for the opportunity to embrace him once again.
He lived in Beaver Dam for most of his life. After graduating from Beaver Dam High School in 1966, he began a 30 year tenure at John Deere in Horicon where he formed many friendships; incredible lifelong bonds. A beautiful love story began when John met Mary in 1979 and her little girl, Jenny. They married on September 14th, 1979. Originally diagnosed with lung cancer, John bravely fought an incredible battle. He dealt with his illness in a way that was inspiration to all of us. The memory of his strength, grace, compassion, and unconditional love cannot be dimmed by any disease. His mission in life was simple; love and be loved, treat others as you wish to be treated, work hard and take pride in the fruits of your labor. John was a naturalist and outdoor enthusiast; he lived his dream life with Mary for many years in his log cabin in the woods of Northern Wisconsin. We find comfort in knowing he is up there “working on his golf swing.”
John is survived by his wife Mary Jo and their children Jenny (Paul Storey) Breselow of San Francisco, CA , Jake Merrill of Beaver Dam and Megan Merrill of Oakland, CA; one beautiful granddaughter Dahlia Jane and Kemo the dog. He is also survived by four brothers Jim (Gail) Merrill, Rick (Edie) Merrill, Tim (Michele) Merrill and Paul (Michelle) Merrill along with two sisters Kate(Wayne) Schneider and Linda (Ken) Rosenmeier; many nieces and nephews, and a host of loving friends.
A Memorial Service for John will be held at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd. in Beaver Dam, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Dorothy Lindstrom officiating. Visitation with the family will be held prior to the service beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. John preferred memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The American Cancer Society.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family.Click HERE to view John's Life Tribute Video.