With great sadness, we want to share the passing of a wonderful husband, brother, father, grandfather, and true friend on June 7, 2019 at the age of 84. Chester “Poppy” Merritt was born on October 2, 1934 in Man, WV to Fletcher and Mamie Eplin Merritt.
He graduated from Man High School in West Virginia in 1952 where he excelled with honors. After high school, Chester began working for Albyn’s Nursery as a Landscaper and furthered his career with Owens Corning for over 30 years as an Advanced Machinist. Chester returned to horticulture during his tenure at Owens Corning to establish and co-own Merritt Nursery, which was in business for over 50 years in Newark.
Chester served his country as a proud member of the Air Force Reserves. He was also an active member of The Newark Elk’s, Eagles, and Maennerchor where he made countless memories and even better friends.
Nothing brought him greater joy than his family. He was blessed with two children and four grandchildren. He was married nearly 65 years to his beloved wife, Betty Isner Merritt. Their love for one another created an admirable foundation for which every family needs.
Chester Merritt is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Rhonda Sue Merritt Cochran and Mary Christine Merritt Petty; siblings, Violet Merritt, Denver (and Betty) Merritt, Teddy (and Veta) Merritt; grandchildren, James Christopher Merritt Petty, Rhett Steven Cochran, Trevor Scott Merritt Cochran, and Andrew Merritt Petty; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by siblings, Newman Merritt, Shirley Merritt Paine, Edward Buford Merritt and Clyde Merritt.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, July 5 at 3 p.m. at The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark.
Family and friends are welcome to gather with the family one hour prior to the service.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Chester’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, Post Office Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058.
"We thank you for being a part of this special man’s life.”
We were so sorry to hear of Chester's passing. Out thoughts and prayers are with Mary and family.
So sorry to hear of Chester's passing. Was so glad that we were able to be there and see him and talk to him. We will miss him so much, he was a wonderful Brother and Brother in law. Prayers for the family.
Rhonda and Family,
Our sincere sympathy to you on the loss of Chester. May you cherish all the wonderful memories of him!
Rhonda, Chris and Betty - So sorry for the loss of Chester. What a wonderful man. I will remember him very time I look out my front door, and see the beautiful tree he planted. How lucky am I to have a piece of his labor of love in my presence everyday? He will be missed. My deepest...
Rhonda, Chris and Betty - So sorry for the loss of Chester. What a wonderful man. I will remember him very time I look out my front door, and see the beautiful tree he planted. How lucky am I to have a piece of his labor of love in my presence everyday? He will be missed. My deepest condolences, Jo Wood.
Another Great Man has passed. Can still see Chester and Dad together at Owens. You are in my thoughts and prayers.