Merrill R. Wood

November 12, 1930 ‒ November 11, 2015

Galion, Ohio

A kind, hard working man’s hands finally came to rest.  Merrill R. Wood, was reunited with the love of his life, Joan, Wednesday morning, November 11, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family following a month long illness.  He was a day short of his 85th birthday, and of Galion.

On November 12, 1930, Merrill was born in Columbus, Ohio, the older of two sons of the late Harold and Dale (Snyder) Wood.  He was raised in Edison, where he graduated from Edison High School in the class of 1948.

Shortly following graduation, Merrill married his “honey,” his high school sweetheart, Joan C. McCreary, on November 28, 1948, at the Trinity United Methodist Church.  Together they shared over sixty two wonderful years of marriage, and lovingly raised four children.  She preceded him in death on June 14, 2011, and he has longed for their reunion ever since.

In November 0f 1953, Merrill and Joan moved to the farm of his grandparents, John and Mae Snyder, in Galion, to carry on the family farm and make it their home.  For over twenty years, Merrill worked as a dairy farmer, and to help make ends meet also drove school bus and did janitorial work at Iberia and Northmor Schools.  He was a member of the Morrow County Farm Bureau.  Later, he was grateful for his friends, the Linder family, who continued farming his family’s land.

A tireless worker who was good with his hands, Merrill was drawn into construction by Don Sipes to become his right hand man.  Later, in 1982, he continued with construction, this time helping his beloved brother, Larry, with his business, Repro Group.  After seventeen years, they transitioned to a new business, Eagle Exhibits, where they sold and leased portable exhibits, which Merrill would always help construct.

One of Merrill’s favorite pastimes was anything that involved the cutting of wood, whether he was getting wood ready for the fireplace or making gifts for his children and grandchildren.  He made everything from bunk beds to entertainment centers, and toy chests to name just a few.

A man of faith, Merrill was a dedicated member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday School superintendent, was a trustee, and served on the administrative council.

Sharing many special friendships, Merrill looked forward to his Friday night get togethers with his Domino Group.  He also cherished the time spent with the friendship parish, a group of twelve churches who would rotate hosting time together.

One of the kindest men you could ever meet, Merrill had a sweet, soft spoken nature about him, who quickly made you feel as if you were extremely special to him.

Left to cherish his memory are his four children: Linda (Ron) Coleman of Columbus, Jerry (Cheryl) Wood of Galion, Danny (Pat) Wood of Cardington, and Tim (Andrea) Wood of Johnsville; nine grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry (Diane Ging) Wood of Columbus; three nieces: Lisa Long, Stephanie Duncan, and Brittany DeBarre; a sister-in-law, Thelma Smith of Mount Gilead; and numerous nieces and nephews from Joan’s family.

Including his wife and parents, Merrill was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeffrey Dennis Wood; a granddaughter, Tiffany Soule; step-father, Forrest McClelland; and two brothers-in-law, Donald and Vincent McCreary.

His family will greet friends from Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 14th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services honoring his life will follow there at 2 p.m., with Pastor Gary Lamb-Hart officiating.  Burial will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.

His family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Dr. Galbraith and company at the Northfield office, Morrow County EMS, and Hospice of Morrow County.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Merrill’s family and your condolences may be shared with them by visiting

    • Merrill and I played together when we were little children. I lived just 4 doors down the street. He was always kind and so sorry of the family’s loss. Prayers for the family.

  • Sorry to hear of your loss, You will be will missed greatly, especially when we play dominoes every Friday.

  • Just heard the news. My thoughts and prayers go out to loved ones. Merrill was a good neighbor to our family years ago. As a child I always felt safe, secure and valued in his presence. Good memories and grateful reminiscences. Our loss is heaven’s gain.

  • I am sorry for your loss. Merrill andJoan have been friends of mine for a long time and were fun to be around. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers Joan jagger

  • I only met Merrill once when he allowed me the honor of admitting him to Hospice of Morrow County’ s care. I immediately knew that he was a special gentle person. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as I know how much they cared. May you find peace and be surrounded with love.

  • I’ll miss you, Merrill, neighbor and friend–but only for a while! God bless you, Linda, Jerry, Danny, and Timothy.

  • Dear Family, we are sorry and saddened for your loss. We will miss Merrill in the days ahead, but God has blessed us with many memories of the times we spent at various church dinners, picnics, and services over the years. Those memories will help fill the void of his loss for all. Our thoughts are with you. We pray God will lay His healing hand upon all of you, to help ease the pain of your loss.

    Steve and LuAnn

  • We will miss a very kind neighbor as we say good-bye friend. Merrill touched many lives throughout his lifetime, and was a gentle man who was ready to help anyone whenever there was a need. Our prayers go out to the family, & may fond memories comfort your heart in this time of great loss.

  • The first time I met him I knew that Merrill was a kind and gentle man. My condolences to the family. May God grant him eternal peace.

  • Love and prayers to the extended Wood family. I cherish my memories of Merrill at Repro Group. He was always a kind and gentle man. I know you will all miss him. Love to you, Larry and Steph…

  • Precious memories how they linger How they fill our souls with joy, In the twilight of God’s mercy Precious memories things untold. Dear family Our hearts go out to you in the loss of your Dad. What a wonderful God filled man he was. We have so many precious memories of your Dad and Mom when we served Ebenezer U.M. church. Our love and prayers are with you in your loss. But we are EASTER people and know that you will be with him again some day. We would have loved to be there today but unable to come. We will be lifting you in prayer . Sending our love to you all. God bless you and keep you God make his face to shine upon you and grant you his peace Love and Hugs Pastor George and Trudie

  • Our thoughts and prayers go to Merrill’s family. Several of us from Williamsport UMC got acquainted with Merrill during Bible studies when our churches were together. He was such a kind, considerate man and very knowledgeable. Son, Ryan worked with Merrill at Eagle Exhibits and respected his abilities.
    May he rest in peace with his Lord. Blessings and comfort to the family.
    Sincerely, Bonnie and Jerry Brannon

  • Cousins,
    Merrill was a special, memorable, and valued member of the family. Let your memories bring you strength during this difficult time.

  • I am so sad to hear of Merrill’s passing! I had not heard about it until Saturday and it was too late to attend the funeral or even the calling hours! I had even tried to call him on Friday to wish him a belated happy birthday. I am so sorry! I know that he spent his birthday together with his sweetheart and this makes me happy! He was so very proud of his family and I know you will all miss him greatly! I will miss seeing that sweet face! God bless you all!

  • I got the blessing to get to know Merrill when I worked with him at Eagle Exhibits. He was a good mentor and an even better man. He was always supportive and patience with me even I often times didn’t deserve it. It was always a good day if I could get him to laugh. I hold him in great esteem just as all that got to know him. My heart goes out to the family.