Francis Merry


August 8, 1920 - June 21, 2010

Monday morning, June 21, 2010, Francis J. Merry went home to heaven. He was born in Walla Walla on August 8, 1920, to John and Lela McCoy Merry. In early grade school years, Francis and his brother, Gilbert, went with their mother who traveled around teaching at many one-room schoolhouses in the surrounding county during the 1930s. Francis graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1938.

After high school, he worked on the family farm in Lowden and for the Boeing Company in Seattle until he was summoned in 1943 to serve his country in World War II. Francis was deployed as a member of the 393rd squadron on a B-29 airplane named "Strange Cargo", one of the sister ships to "Enola Gay". A B-29 mechanic, he stood and watched the loading of the A-bomb into "Enola Gay" as it was sent to Hiroshima, Japan. It was unbeknownst to him and others that it was atomic and would soon end the war. Francis was one of the remaining two men who were part of the crew of "Strange Cargo".

After coming home, he met the girl of his dreams, Elaine Dirks, at a dance. They were married October 21, 1950. It was then that he also met the Lord and had a close walk with Him until his death.

Francis and Gilbert, better known as the "Merry Brothers", were alfalfa seed farmers in Lowden until retirement in 1983. In later years, he played the violin and loved to play with Melvin Johnson and his group at local nursing homes.

On February of this year, his beloved wife, Elaine, of 59 years went home to the Lord. He is survived by five children: Kathy, John, Marlane, Remick and Rodney; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his brother, Gilbert. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

His funeral will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. The graveside service and burial with military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Pastor Rocco Shanks of Two Rivers Chapel in Touchet will officiate. In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to Two Rivers Chapel through the funeral home.

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