Arthur "Art" "Archie" Merritt, 85, of Waterloo, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Parkview Nursing and Rehab Center. Visitation was held at the Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories on Monday, January 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. with a service on Tuesday, January 15 at 1 p.m. Military rites were provided by Becker Chapman Post 138 and Waterloo VFW.
Arthur "Art" "Archie" Lawrence Merritt was born August 19, 1927, at Buckingham, Iowa, son of Arthur Ray and Cleo Ravlin Merritt. He received his education in the Geneseo Schools where he graduated in 1927. He then served his country during WW II in the United States Navy and following his discharge moved to Waterloo. He was employed at John Deere as a machine operator, retiring on August 31, 1987. After his retirement he continued to call Waterloo home, but spend most of his summers as a volunteer fishing guide and cook at Paradise Cove in Minaki, Canada and his winters in Scottsdale, Arizona. He also was a proud member and leader for alcoholic anonymous. Recently he has been a resident of the Parkview Nursing and Rehab Center in Waterloo where his death came on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the age of 85 years. He was a 50 year member of the Dysart American Legion and a former member of the Waterloo VFW. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Cleo, brothers Dale and Marvin and is survived by two brothers Thomas Merritt of Harlan, Iowa and Delbert (Shirley) of Alabama, and one sister JoAnn (Tim)Scarbrough of Belle Plaine, MN and several nieces and nephews.