Randy Dean Merillat, 64, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Oct. 4, 2018, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, the result of a sudden brain aneurysm.
Randy was born July 23, 1954, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of Bonita (Stantz) and the late Merrill Merillat. A 1973 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School, Randy continued his education at the University of Toledo, Ferris State University, and Northwest State Community College. He married his high school sweetheart, soul mate, and love of his life, Penny Jay Borton, on June 24, 1972, at the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples of Christ.
Randy served as maintenance superintendent for Gorham and Franklin townships before being elected a Gorham Township Trustee in 1990, a position he has held since. He began his own business, Merillat’s Auto & Truck Service, LLC, a home-based complete automotive repair shop. He also had a towing service that he continued until his passing. He served as an instructor for the auto technology program at Lenawee Intermediate School District (Vo-Tech) in Adrian from 1989 to 2007, and won several awards in numerous regional and state student competitions. He later began working as the highway superintendent for the Fulton County Engineers Department until July 2016. Randy also served as a forensic expert for Leading Technologies, LLC, and served numerous terms on the Board of Trustees of Pleasant View Union Cemetery.
Randy enjoyed farming, vacationing and traveling in his motorcoach with Penny, as well as attending various activities of his grandchildren. He loved telling his grandchildren stories of the adventures of Turtle Joe, a beloved character he created. His greatest joy and achievement was the time he spent with his family.
Randy was a man of faith who loved the Lord. He was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church. He had a generous and giving spirit, always wanting to help others. Because Randy was an organ and tissue donor, he was able to continue to help others, even after his death.
In addition to his wife, Randy is survived by children Wesley (and Steffenie) Merillat, Jadea (and Leo) Wixom, Mac Merillat, and Abigail (and Paul) Bieber; 11 grandchildren, Sierra (and Luke), Evan, Avah, Casen, Madeleine, Ellie, Caite, Gage, Evelyn, Khail and Nolan; his mother, Bonita Merillat; father-in-law, Max Borton; and his two brothers, Darrell Merillat and Mike (and Karen) Merillat.
He was preceded in death by his father, Merrill Merillat, and his mother-in-law, Paula Borton.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Fayette United Methodist Family Life Center. A private burial service, with Pastor Jesse Kahler officiating, will take place at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church or Water for Good.