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Richard Curtis Merrill

August 12, 1940 — March 27, 2024

Richard Curtis Merrill, 83, of Tarpon Springs, Florida passed away on March 27, 2024. He was born on August 12, 1940 to Norman B. Merrill and Alta Dille Merrill in Colorado Springs, CO. Dick, a diligent worker and loyal friend, dedicated his life to his family and to exemplifying Christ. Dick was the second born of four children. In the Spring of 1945 his family moved from California to the Sandhills of Nebraska where they raised cattle. Dick attended country schools through the 8th grade and then attended Gordon High School. After high school, he went to work full-time as a ranch hand. In 1960, he joined the Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. It was during this time that he became pen pals with his sister’s (Sally) friend, Vici Torske. The couple inevitably fell in love and, without even meeting each other’s parents, eloped to Las Vegas. Dick married the love of his life on May 18, 1963. Throughout his career, Dick was a member of the Carpenter’s Union, worked as a maintenance worker, drove trucks, and owned his own construction company. Dick had a reputation for the high quality of his work. He built beautiful homes, exquisite cabinetry, and crafted fine woodworking items. Although the couple moved frequently, living in Nebraska, Colorado, California, and Oregon, the Sandhills was always home. When Dick and Vici moved their family to the Dille place in February 1974, they found the home of their hearts. After moving away, they returned to the ranch as often as they could. Dick lived his life for his Savior and his family. When Vici became ill, Dick set an example of marital devotion and love in the way he faithfully and steadfastly cared for her. In 2019, Dick made one final move across the country to Tarpon Springs, FL where he spent his remaining years. Dick’s life was an exceptional example of a life lived in Christ and his walk inspired his family to follow in his footsteps. He was very active in his church, including Bible studies, daily devotions, and raising his children in a Godly household. He possessed unfaltering humility and patience and shared the love of Christ with everyone around him. Dick is survived by his loving children: Lesa Merrill (John Horrocks), Becky Hollibaugh (Karl), Norman Merrill (LaDonna), and Janice Dart (Kevin), as well as his brother, Kenneth Merrill, sisters Sally Rollins and MaryAnn Walters, 17 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. Dick was preceded in death by his loving wife, Vici Torske Merrill, parents, Norman B. Merrill and Alta Dille Merrill, and by his grandchildren Kyle Parker and Hannah Hollibaugh. Acelebration of life will be held on April 6, 2024 at Hyannis Cemetery in Hyannis, NE. Chamberlain Mortuary in Hay Springs, NE is assisting the family with the arrangements. Dick never knew a stranger and was known to strike up a conversation with anyone at a moment’s notice. He was beloved by his family and friends. Dick Merrill will be remembered for his friendly nature, hardworking spirit, devotion to his family, and his love for Jesus. His legacy of faith and dedication will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He is gone, but not forgotten
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Saturday, April 6, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Hyannis Cemetery, Hyannis, NE


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