•MERRITT LEE SEARFOSS
Merritt Lee Searfoss, 97, of Perrysburg, passed away Sunday, May 10, at Otterbein of Pemberville. Merritt was born January 22, 1923, in Williamstown, Ohio, to George and Hazel (Rod-abaugh) Searfoss. Merritt proudly served in the 214th Battalion of the U.S. Army during World War II, which included his heroic service on D-Day plus 14. He went on to earn his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. On December 12, 1948, he married Lorene (Mathias) Searfoss.
In addition to being a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Perrysburg, Merritt was the scout master of Troop 198. He was a charter member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity during his education and even earned his pilot’s license while there, a grand achievement for his love of aviation. Merritt and Lorene enjoyed adventure, traveling extensively throughout the 50 states and Europe. Merritt could often be found outside, filling his time with his passions, which included camping, grilling and especially gardening.
In addition to his wife, Merritt is survived by his children, Mark (Brenda), Geary (Kay) and Alan (Carla) Searfoss; grandchildren, Joann Searfoss, Laura (Derek) Lee and Devon and Collin Searfoss; great-grandchildren, Addison and Olivia Lee, and brother, Kenneth (Joice) Searfoss. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Per the family’s request, services will be private. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First United Methodist Church in Perrysburg. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg (419-874-3133). Condolences may be made to the family online at witzlershank.com.