Merlin G. King
Merlin G. King, age 83, of Shelby, died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born August 14, 1931 in Shelby the son of the late Franklin Boag and Vivian (Hunter) King. Merlin was a 1949 graduate of Shelby High School and was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the United States Army.
Merlin retired from the City of Shelby Water Department as Distribution Superintendent after 30 years of service and went on to work for 27 years for F.E. Krocka and Associates. He was a member of First United Church of Christ in Shelby. He was a very active member of Shelby American Legion, O’Brien Post #326 holding most of the offices and had been Past District Commander of District #5 covering 10 counties in Ohio – the largest in the state.
Baseball was a huge part of Merlin’s life. As a coach for over 50 years, he was a long time fixture on the sandlots around the city. He influenced many area young men. His strong family values spilled out to those around him. Merlin’s sense of humor and calm demeanor quelled many a storm in the dugouts and on the fields over the years.
Merlin is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice M. (Kollar) King whom he wed on August 11, 1951; 5 children: Lou Ellen (Richard Jr.) Huff of Shelby, Larry Gene (Rosanna) King of Tiro, Clifford Alan (Darlene) King of Shelby, Kevin Lynn King (Michelle Metcalf) of Shelby, Janice Marie “Jinx” (Donald ) Cooke of Shelby; 14 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Crystal Cooke in 2012; 3 brothers: Clifford King, Robert King, and Harold King.
Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 3-6:30 PMat the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Military honors will be conducted by the Joint Veteran Burial Detail and the Shelby American Legion at 7 PM at the funeral home. Memorial expressions may be made to the Shelby Babe Ruth League or to the Shelby American Legion.
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