Merrill R. Wood
November 12, 1930 ‒ November 11, 2015
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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.