James Duane Merillat, 82, of Hudson, Mich., died Oct. 25, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.
He was born June 13, 1938, in Hudson, the son of John Peter and Clara (Grime) Merillat. Jim graduated from Gorham Fayette High School with the Class of 1956 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Security Agency Active and Reserve from 1956 to 1967.
Jim married Margaret A. Adkins on Dec. 26, 1959, in Adrian, Mich., and she survives.
He was a member of Jaycees from 1960 to 1974, Lions Club from 1974 to 1992, a lifetime member of the JCI Senate. Jim served on a Boy Scout Troop Committee for 25 years and was a member of the Panda Bear Kampers for more than 40 years.
There was nothing that Jim could not do or fix, from woodworking and antique tractor restoration to repairing antique furniture. Travel was his passion and a camper was his means to his playgrounds. He spent more than 20 years making friends from Florida to many other states of the union and this made Jim feel like a millionaire. Most of all, Jim loved his family above all things earthly and God and St. Joseph in Heaven.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his children, Margaret Elizabeth (and David Putman) of Easton, Md., and John Peter (and Stephanie) of Addison, Mich.; grandson James Bradford Merillat of Glen Burnie, Md.; and great-grandchildren Nicholas and Sophia Merillat of Glen Burnie, Md.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Donald, Junior, Dale, Paul and Doyce; and sisters, Myrtle Barber, May Marry, Marie Marry, Velma Schaefer, and in infancy, Betty.
Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Hudson. The funeral liturgy is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hudson, with Fr. David Reamsnyder officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette, Ohio, with full military rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hudson Museum or American Legion Post 180.
Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Hudson.