Vernon C. Merrifield, 78, of Bryan, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on August 30, 1939 in Montpelier to Clair O. and Martha E. (Newcomber) Merrifield. In 1956 Vernon started working on the Wabash Railroad as an equipment repairman and retired in 2000 after 44 years of service. On April 4, 1980 he married Ruth P. Suydam in Montpelier and she survives.
Vernon was a member of the Eagles and V.F.W. in Bryan. He loved woodworking, model trains and spending time with his family. He and Ruth enjoyed many camping trips out on their motorcycle.
Vernon is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ruth P. Merrifield; four children, Suzan Q. Hensley and Heidi J. Treesh both of Bryan, Timothy (Jackie) Merrifield of West Unity and Scott (Christy) Merrifield of Bryan; three step children, Rhonda Suydam and Ray Suydam both of Bryan and Robbie (Kate) Suydam of Caswell, TN; 18 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; one brother, Richard H. Merrifield of Montpelier and one sister, Ethel M. Green of Angola, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Frank Merrifield, two sisters, Ruth Suffel and Donna Lyons and two step children, Rex and Ruthie Suydam.
A time to receive friends will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 2-6 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. A memorial service will take place at 6:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor David Oliphant to officiate. Donations may be made in Vernon’s memory to the Make A Wish Foundation.