Gilbert “Gil” Merry

1921 - 2013

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In Loving Memory

Gilbert “Gil” Merry October 18, 1921 – June 12, 2013

Lifetime area resident and farmer, Gilbert Paul Merry, 91,

passed away on June 12, 2013 at Washington Odd Fellows Home.

Gilbert was born October 18, 1921, in Walla Walla to John

and Lela McCoy Merry. Gilbert received his early education

through several one room Walla Walla County school houses

taught by his mother Lela in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He graduated

from Walla Walla High School in 1938. Gilbert worked a short time

for Boeing Aircraft during World War II and returned home to

the family homestead to help his father on the farm. His brother

Francis returned to the farm after the war and the two brothers

became known as the “Merry Brothers”.

Gilbert was a consummate collector with varied interests in

Indian artifacts, rocks, antique bottles, motorcycle riding and

others. He will be known best as a collector of antique engines

and tractors. His love for “old iron” was contagious and his

wit and humor attracted many friends. Gil enjoyed making

homemade ice cream at engine shows where his hitmiss

engines were a big hit for young and old. A self

taught machinist, Gilbert could get just about any

engine to run including ones that were buried in the

ground for many years.

Gil was a long time former member of EDGE &TA Branch 15,

Antique Powerland, Brooks, Oregon, and current member of

Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club Branch 54.

Gil is survived by two nieces, Kathy Voorhies,

Marlane Martonick; three nephews, John Merry,

Remick Merry, Rodney Merry; special friends, Alice

McCaslin, Andy Geortsma, Dean Munns, John

Lucarelli, Dave Worth, Jack King and Les Echtancamp.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and

Lela Merry and one brother Francis Merry.

A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m.,

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Mountain View Cemetery,

2120 South 2nd Ave., Walla Walla. Arrangements

are entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt,

1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA,

  1. Friends and family may write memories and

sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewcolonialdewitt.com

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