Keith Merrill Obituary

Keith B.  Merrill
Keith "Skip" Merrill
Keith B. Merrill

September 10, 1923 - September 11, 2015
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Keith Bartlett Merrill Jr. "Skip", 92, passed away Friday, September 11, 2015, while residing at Thomas Rest Haven, Coon Rapids, Iowa. Skip was born in Des Moines to Keith senior and Rachael Garst Merrill on September 10, 1923. He lived in Des Moines and Spirit Lake as well as Waukee and lately Coon Rapids Iowa.

Skip was an agent/owner of Keith Merrill Agency, retired and served in the Army Medical Corp in WWII and Korea. He was active in the Scottish Rite, Zig-Ga-Zig Shrine, Lion's Club, NRA, Isaac Walton, the Waveland Park Masonic Lodge, and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Ames Iowa. He graduated from Roosevelt High School, Des Moines and Iowa State University, Ames. He very much enjoyed boating, hunting and fishing.

Skip was preceded in death by his daughter, Holli Ann Merrill; his second wife Judith; his third wife Suzanne; his parents, Keith Sr. and Rachael Merrill and two sisters, Ann Merrill Shelby and Gretchen Merrill Wilson. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Merrill Morey of Denton, Texas; his daughter, Michelle Merrill of Santa Barbara, CA., his son Christopher Merrill of Glendora CA; three grandsons, Byron Merrill, Patrick Merrill and Danen Maughan, all of California. Skip is also survived by his five step children Jim and Laurie Jones, Rochelle Stoner Kelly, Thomas Stoner Jr. and Theodore A. Stoner, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He will be sorely missed by friends and family alike.

Services for Skip will be held at Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, 815 High Street, Des Moines at 1:00 PM, Thursday, September 17, 2015. An informal reception is to follow.

Very special thanks to Thomas Rest Haven and Saint Anthony's Regional Hospice for their exceptional care. Our deepest gratitude to the Garst family and the Morey family who were indispensable to Skip and his family.

Please make any donations in Skip's memory to Thomas Rest Haven, 217 Main St., Coon Rapids, IA. 50058 or St. Anthony's Regional Hospice, 318 Maple St., Carroll, IA 51401.




Cathedral Church of St. Paul
815 High Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309
Thursday, September 17, 2015
1:00 PM


St. Anthony's Regional Hospice
318 Maple Street
Carroll, IA US 51401