RICHARD GLENN MERRICK
December 22, 1942 ˜ November 01, 2020
Richard Glenn Merrick was born in Indianapolis, IN, Dec. 22, 1942, and died from ALS Nov. 01, 2020, at Community Home Health & Hospice in Vancouver, WA.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 54 years; sons, David of Washougal, WA, and Jason (Janell) of Simi Valley, CA. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Sarah, Jason Jr. (Haley), Timothy (Isabelle), Abbey, Andrew, Tyler, Evan, Caleb, and Kylie; siblings, Carl (Carol), Tom (Marsha), Donna, and Thelma Callahan who passed Jan. 30, 2021; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and an “unofficially adopted family”, Jeff, Rachel, Ashlee, Aimee, Aubree, and Aaron Dysart.
He was preceded in death by parents, Carl & Pearl Merrick; brother, Bill; and sisters, Anna Simmons and Dorothy West.
Dick was a Chaplain with Nursing Home Ministries and ministered to residents and staff of most of the Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities in the greater Vancouver area. He was a certified trainer for people providing caregiving to people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. He was the founder of “Hope, a Dementia Support Group”.
Dick was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served eight years in the US Navy. He will be interred at the Willamette National Cemetery.
A celebration of life will be held, Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene, 14410 NW 21st Avenue, Vancouver, WA. 98685 (Due to COVID restrictions, masks are required.)
In lieu of flowers you can donate to: Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene (note for: Missions) at the above address or donate in Dick’s memory to: Community Home Health and Hospice Care Center, PO Box 2067, Longview, WA. 98632.
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Published by The Columbian on Apr. 11, 2021.