Milton E. Merritt Sr. was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Le Mars. He was a member of the class of 1943 at Le Mars High School.
Milt began his military career in World War II as a Navy torpedoman. Upon his return from war, he went to college in Le Mars became an ordained minister. Milt re-entered the Navy as an officer and served his country as a Navy chaplain, retiring in 1976 after 31 years of service.
During his college days in Le Mars and throughout his Navy career, he pursued education and obtained his bachelor of arts degree in history, a Master's of Divinity degree, Master of Arts in Church Administration degree, a Master's of Science in Education degree and then his Ph.D. from Pepperdine in church administration.
Upon retirement, his focus was on community and the church. He was an active member of Rotary International, Two Basin Ministerial associations, Stephen Ministries, Reach out 29, and Life Seminars at Panorama Ranch. There are so many organizations he loved we can not list them all.
Milt never forget his hometown of Le Mars, where he spent his early years attending school. He never forget his classmates in the class of 1943. He faithfully kept "in touch" with his classmates all over the country. Our hearts are full of memories and joy.
Milt was an active member of the church he greatly loved, Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church and was a faithful servant and never shy with his love for his Savior.
Milt is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Merritt; his childern Susan, Judy, Milton Jr. and Betsy; his grandchildren Chris, Laura, Randy, David, Kristine; two great-grandsons, Hudson and Drew; brothers Merle and George, and a sister-in-law, Liz Merritt.
Patricia, his wife, blessed our family with her family and Milt gained three stepchildren, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He also had many loving cousins in various states.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the United States Marine Corp Base, 29 Palms Protestant Chapel. We invite you to join our family in celebration of his new life with our Lord. We will miss him greatly but he will always be in our hearts and memories of joy will flood our lives forever. We love you.