Luke Jeffrey Merillat, 27, of rural Archbold, Ohio, died Aug. 27, 2019.
He was born Aug. 26, 1992, in Fayette, Ohio, the son of Annette (Bradley) and Jeff Merillat.
Luke graduated from Gorham Fayette High School in 2010 and attended Four County Career Center where he studied ag mechanics. He was employed at Haas Door Company in Wauseon and was a member of the Fayette Church of the Nazarene.
Luke collected coins and enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, and recently spent time working on his house. He also enjoyed working out and he won the Toledo Tough Man competition in 2016. He had a great love for the outdoors, enjoyed drinking his morning coffee and watching the sunrise, appreciating the beauty of nature around him. His family fondly remembers him as having a good sense of humor and especially as a tough guy with a true heart of gold.
In addition to his parents, Annette (and Terrance) Edwards and Jeffrey Merillat, both of Fayette, Luke is survived by his brother, Mark Merillat of Fayette; step-brothers, Kori Stephens and Ryland Edwards; his nieces and nephew, Autumn and Mark Merillat of Fayette, Kendal Vasquez of Wauseon; his maternal grandmother, Alberta Bradley of Wauseon; his maternal aunts and uncle, Ellen (and Dan) Shock of Fayette, Belinda Daily of Bryan, Ohio, Coe Bradley of Pittsford, Mich.; and his paternal aunts and uncles, Debra Cramer of Oliver Springs, Tenn., Laura Langenderfer of Bryan, Bryan (and Venus) Merillat of Fayette, Kim (and Roger) Kessler of Fayette, and John (and Cindy) Merillat of Fayette.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jack Bradley; his paternal grandparents, Albert and Viola Merillat; and his paternal uncle, Albert Merillat III.
Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be planned at a later time. Arrangements were made with Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Friends of Harrison Lake.