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We Remember Bob Merrill
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Robert H. Merrill, of Smyrna, DE, died on Monday October 31, 2022 at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, Dover, DE. He was 76.

Mr. Merrill was the son of the late I.H. Merrill and Florence R. Merrill.

He was a 1964 graduate of John Bassett Moore High School, Smyrna, and a 1968 graduate of the University of Delaware.

He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves from 1969 to 1996. He was a tank platoon leader, rifle marksmanship instructor and adjutant of his unit at Ft. Campbell, KY while on active duty. In the Army Reserves, he served as a Supply Officer, a Military Police Officer, and a Military Academy Liaison Officer at West Point. He also served as a Logistics Readiness Officer at Ft. Belvoir, VA, doing war planning with the NATO allies. He retired in 1996 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. Merrill was a Vice President and Senior Financial Consultant at Merrill-Lynch in Dover from 1991 until 2011. Prior to that, he worked for 20 years at the Bank of Delaware, now PNC, retiring as an Assistant Vice President.

He was a life member of the Smyrna Fire Company, where he served as treasurer, director and chairman of the band committee for many years. He also played drums in the band for over 40 years.

He was a charter member of the JBM/Smyrna High School Alumni Association, a member of the Smyrna-Clayton July 4th Association, and a member of the Friends of Belmont Hall, where he served as a tour guide for many years. He had served as chairman of the Smyrna Redevelopment Authority. In 2017, he was honored by the Governor of Kentucky with a commission as a Kentucky Colonel.  

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Terry L. Merrill, of Smyrna; a son, Christopher L. Merrill, of Smyrna; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a half-brother, Alfred H. Merrill.   

A visitation will be held from 5-7:00 PM Sunday November 6 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna. Services will be held 10:00 AM Monday November 7 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 22 N. Union St., Smyrna. Burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Smyrna, will be privately held for immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Citizens Hose Co. Band, P.O. Box 97, Smyrna, DE 19977; or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 22 N. Union St., Smyrna, DE 19977.


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