MERKEL, Myron L.

MERKEL, Myron L. “Dig,” age 91, of Dillonvale, Ohio passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at his home.

“Dig” was born February 1, 1922 in Dillonvale, Ohio a son of the late Albert and Jessie (Gerke) Merkel.

He was a retired engineer for Norfolk and Western Railroad. He served as a marine from 1942-1946.

“Dig” was known by his friends as an outstanding football player. “Dig” loved the Ohio State Buckeyes, the New York Yankees, John Wayne and raisin filled cookies. He was a gentle man who loved everybody and a dedicated father.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Hayes Merkel (1986); son, Barry (in 1977); three brothers, Clarence “Lefty,” Albert “Bud,” George “Bunk;” three sisters, Clara Krumlaug, Elsie Yanda, and Gertrude Cesare.

Surviving are three daughters, Vickie Kelly, Christine (Michael) Blazeski, Jacki Hicks; grandchildren, Ron (Julie) Kendle, Lori Kendle, Marci Jarman, Justin (Renee) Blazeski, Leah (Brett) Ripley, Stephen (Katie) Hicks, Gina Hicks; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward “Bill” Berkel of Worthington, Ohio; a sister, Beatrice “Bittie” (Edward) Finney of Arizona.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Rob Yanok officiating.

Burial will be in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.

Borkoski Funeral Home, Tiltonsville, in charge of arrangements.