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,
- Friends and family may write memories and
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