Merril was the oldest of Linn and Ada's children. He retained the ancestoral history papers after his father's death and later passed them off to William Sheckler, son of his brother Lester.
About the time Merril's father Linn had moved to Allegan, Merril became a farm hand and lived with Ray and Mable (Giles) McNutt on their farm north of Allegan.
Merril served as a STAFF SARGENT in the Army Airforce for his entire time, in WWII,
on Wheeler A.F.B. in the center of the island
of Oahu, Hawaii. After the war he returned to the farm.
For several years Merril's nephews,
Bill Sheckler, Gerry Sheckler and LaVerne Bouwman helped during the
summer months on the farm.
In 1947 the farms owner, Ray McNutt passed away. Mabel's son Bernard was about Merriels age and had a family of his own in Ludington. In the 60's Merril married Mabel, they sold the farm and bought a home a few miles west at the intersection of M89 and M40. Mabel died in June of 1983.