Barry Merritt was born at Council, Idaho on November 12, 1942. Barry is from Riggins and passed on peacefully at his home to heaven Thursday, September 28, 2017. He was 74. Barry married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Baldwin on August 19, 1961.
He started work at the age of 14 raking hay for Circle C Ranch. He drove forklift & was a shift foreman at Salmon River Lumber Co. until 1983. Barry then worked as a shift foreman for Snow Mountain Pine in Hines/Burns, Oregon until 1989. He was loading operator for Helmich Industries until retirement.
Barry enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, four wheeling, gardening and dancing.
He could build, fix or weld almost anything.
Barry is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley, son Dallas(Mindy) Merritt of Boise and daughter Angela(Paulo) Martinez of Rickreall, Oregon, sister Emadee Krahn, 5 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
He is preceded by his parents, Eddie and Evelyn Merritt, sister Barbie Merritt, and close cousin Danny Patterson.
You gave us the adventure of a lifetime and we are forever grateful for your generous, giving spirit that touched the lives of so many.
A memorial service will be held Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2pm MST at the Riggins Community Center (former IOOF Hall) with luncheon to follow. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers please contribute to your charity of choice in memory of Barry’s name.