JOSEPH “JOE” WILLIAM MERRIMAN, 82, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at home with family by his bedside. He was born on August 4, 1927, in Huntington. He was the son of the late Arthur and Mildred Merriman of Fort Wayne. He retired from Magnavox Electronics in the late eighties after over 25 years of employment, he was the first employee to complete the Magnavox Test Equipment Mechanical Construction Certification. He served his country in the Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Kearsarge. He was also a member of The Free and Accepted Masons for over 59 years.

He was the pillar of our family. He truly enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid reader and passed his fondness for literature of any kind down to the generations. In his retirement he and his wife, Wilma wintered in Haines City, Florida.

He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Wilma D. Merriman; son, Rick Merriman of Fort Wayne; daughters, Laura Jackson and Vicki Merriman, both of Roanoke; one brother, Mark Merriman of Yoder; and one sister, Janet Merriman of Fort Wayne. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, George Reavis; and two brothers, Gene Merriman and Max Merriman.

Funeral service was 2 p.m. Sunday at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial was at Hoverstock Cemetery, Zanesville.

Preferred memorials to Colony Heights Church of Christ.

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