PAULDING — Fred S. Merritte, 79, Paulding, went home to be with the Lord at 12:09 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2019, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born September 2, 1939, in Estill, Ky., to the late Abraham and Beatrice (Johnson) Merritte. On June 6, 1959, he married Phyllis E. Grunden, who survives in Paulding.
Also surviving are a daughter, Christina (Antonio Jr.) Gonzales of Paulding; one grandson, Tony (Amber) Gonzales; two great-grandchildren, Braelyn and Jerica Gonzales; and a sister, Janette Miller of Findlay. He also was preceded in death by two sons, Gregory Allen Merritte and Frederick Leland Merritte; and his siblings, Glen, Craig and Randall Merritte, Roberta Bair and Naomi Quigley.
Fred was retired from Dana Weatherhead of Antwerp. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Mandale Church.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at Mandale Church, with Pastor Tony Gonzales officiating. There will be military rites by the Paulding VFW after the service at church. Burial will be at a later date in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Mandale Church for its missionary work.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, where condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.