Obituary: Franklin “Don” Merritt

Screen shot 2014-07-01 at 12.13.11 PMFranklin “Don” Merritt, 75, of Carter Road, Albion, Pa., died on Friday, June 20.
He was born on Aug. 12, 1939, in Lee, a son of the late Ervin F. and Frankie Mildred Ragans Merritt.
Don was raised and educated in Madison County. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War.
Following his honorable discharge, Don moved to Albion and was a tool and die maker for Hytech Tool and Design until he retired.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Chandra Merritt; four sisters: Annie Rodgers, Delores Neill, Josie Merritt and Shirley Merritt; and two brothers: E.F. and James Merritt.
Don is survived by his wife, Jean R. Dingfelder Merritt of Albion; a daughter, Melissa “Melsa” Wirtz and her husband, Jeff, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and a sister, Joyce Rutherford of Lee. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends were invited to call Tuesday, June 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., and attend the funeral service there on Wednesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. Burial was held at Pine Grove Cemetery, Corry, Pa.
Memorials may be made to the Erie Regional Cancer Center, 2500 W. 12th St. Erie, Pa. 16505 or Albion VFD, 19 Smock Ave., Albion, Pa. 16401.
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