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Merrell, Louis Raymond

Merrell, Louis Raymond

December 11, 1922 — September 9, 2019

Louis Raymond "Ray" Merrell, 96, a longtime Liberty resident, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2019, at Liberty Hospital with family at his side. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am, followed by a service celebrating Ray's life at 10:30 am, on Saturday, September 14, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Burial with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Toys for Tots.

Ray was born December 11, 1922, in Carrollton, MO. He proudly served as a U.S. Marine Corps Raider in the Pacific during World War II. Ray was united in marriage to Helen Treece on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1946, in Sweet Springs, MO.

One of Ray's first jobs was working as a manager for MFA at Carrollton, Hamilton and Moberly. He later worked 28 years as a meat department manager for Schoeller's United Super Grocery in Liberty, and was a real estate agent for Century 21 in Liberty when he retired.

Ray was a member of the Liberty Christian Church, was a 65-year Mason affiliated in Hamilton and Liberty, and was a member of Liberty American Legion Post 95 and Liberty VFW Post 4043. He was also an Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Merrell and Edith (Uhrig) Merrell; and siblings, Paul Merrell, Naomi Merrell, Ernestine Wheeler, Norma Jones, Mildred Malan and Harold Nelson.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Helen; children, Debbie Hopper (Jim) and Alan Merrell (Lee); grandchildren, Jason Ireland (Glenda), Richard Merrell and Lynn Merrell; great grandchildren, Kolby, Chase, Lexus, Ryder, Krystal and Cheyenne; sisters, Dorothy Turner and Cora Lee Morris; as well as many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Ray never knew a stranger. He will be fondly remembered for his laugh, kind words and as a willing helper for others. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 9:00 am, followed by a service celebrating Ray’s life at 10:30 am, on Saturday, September 14, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Burial with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Merrell, Louis Raymond's Guestbook

I recall very well the first time I met this larger than life WWII marine who served his country as a member of a very elite group of marines. He certainly personifies one who was a member of the "greatest generation." Ray was just a cool guy. It was an honor to have known him as well as his family. Rest in peace Ray Merrell. With admiration Jeanie Lorfing

Jeanie Lorfing

We are missing a legend in the Marine Corps history. You will always be remembered and may your story live on threw the Marine Corps. Semper-Fidelis. Marine Raider may you Rest in Peace.

Brian Robbins

Semper Fi Brother, until we meet in Valhalla. I'll miss you old friend.

Ray Jones

Love my Uncle Ray, I missed my Grandpa Raymond and Uncle Raymond really helped me. He will be missed. Thanks for your service and a great role model. Sempre Fi!

trisha Sinkhorn

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." God bless you Ray for your faithful service to God, Country and Corps. Semper Fidelis my Brother! I leave the family with this promise from the word of God: Behold, I tell you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

SSgt David M. Hale, USMC, Veteran

I truly adored Ray.He was awesome husband father uncle he loved life and every one he met.Truly made sure you felt important.Always had a kind words.Love you dad you will be missed. Your daughter in law Lee

Lenore Merrell

We served together all the way from boot camp to Raider camp to Bougainville, Efate, Emirau, Guam, Okinawa and then into Japan as MPs. We came home again on the same ship. We both ran into our brothers who were serving when we were overseas. We went off into our lives, marrying wonderful women. We both had an older daughter and a younger son. We both had happy and productive careers. I am so happy we were able to reunite with each other via phone this year. Wish I had known about the reunions and the internet sooner. But at least we were able to connect. All I can say is that War turned us children into old men, brought us one to one with our God, made us citizens of the world and allowed us to appreciate every living moment we have had with our good fortune and our families since. Our wartime prayers were certainly heard. I salute you, My Raider Marine Brother in Arms. Leonard B Turner

Leonard Turner

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