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Merlin Black

Merlin Black

Monday, September 2nd, 1940 Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

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Obituary for Merlin F. Black

Merlin F. Black, age 79, of Bellbrook, passed away Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 in Beavercreek.

He was born September 2nd, 1940 to Timothy and Frances (O'Hara) Black. Merlin graduated from Bellbrook High School in 1958. He joined the Army Reserves a week out of high school and was active duty for six years. In 1959, he married his high school sweetheart, Judith Ellen "Judy" Black, and they were married for over 55 years. They lived on Carpenter Road their entire married life, and wouldn't have had it any other way! While living there, they loved watching nature and wildlife, and enjoyed time with their neighbors. They also enjoyed going on motorcycle rides through the countryside.

Merlin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Judy, his parents, and his brother, Herbert Black. They were blessed with a wonderful son Mark, his wife, Lori, and their children, Caitlin and Adam Black. They were always in close touch, and were Merlin and Judith's number one care. The O’Diam families and a special niece Cheryl (Gregg) Fahrenholz were very dear to him, as well as many other family members and close friends.

To help the family celebrate his life, please use Merlin's online Book of Memories to share condolences and memories on his tribute wall by going to www.ConnerAndKoch.com and clicking on his name. A private graveside service for his immediate family will be held at Bellbrook Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held in his honor at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the James Cancer Center—PO Box 710811, Columbus, OH 43271 or online at www.giveto.osu.edu.

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    Bellbrook Cemetery
    3939 Upper Bellbrook Rd.
    BELLBROOK, OH
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To help the family celebrate his life, please use Merlin's online Book of Memories to share condolences and memories on his tribute wall. A private graveside service for his immediate family will be held at Bellbrook Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held in his honor at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the James Cancer Center—PO Box 710811, Columbus, OH 43271 or online at www.giveto.osu.edu.

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Jana Kwik

Jana Kwik

John and I are so sorry to hear the news of Merlin’s passing. We will truly miss his conversations ( his wealth of information about Sugarcreek and the Bellbrook area) and his presence in our community.
We will miss seeing him out and about on his motorcycle and his tractor; sitting on his front porch and always with a happy disposition waving to us as we drove past.
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Comment | Posted at 12:11pm via Condolence
JB

Judith Blair

My husband John and I met Merlin at the Fairborn Service Center at DP&L. We have been friends for over 30 years. Merlin was a very intelligent guy and a great substation electrician. Once we were all retired we began meeting for lunch almost monthly. He was a great conversationalist and friend. He missed his wife and we are glad they are now reunited. He is so very proud of his son Mark, his daughter in law Lori, and his grandchildren Caitlin and Adam. He was a good man and we will miss him.
Comment | Posted at 01:41pm via Condolence
JS

John Stanley

John Stanley
Condolences to Merlin's family

Carpenter Road is not the same.

Whenever I was out for a ride on my motorcycle, I'd make a point of riding down Carpenter Road. If Merlin was not outside I'd blow my horn when I rode past his house. If he was out I'd stop to talk [actually I'd listen]. He'd talk about how proud he was of his family. He also was very thankful for the life he had enjoyed on Carpenter Road. Merlin was a good man. I miss him.
Comment | Posted at 04:24pm via Condolence

Richard Siefer

Our deepest condolences to Mark and his family. Merlin will be missed deeply, especially his story telling and his emails. He was a great cousin.
Don and Richard Siefer
Comment | Posted at 11:20am via Condolence
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pcs8977@aol.com

Mark, Lori, Caitlin and Adam you have our deepest sympathy for your loss.
We met Merlin and Judy for dinner a few times and always enjoyed being with them.
Merlin and I both worked at DP&L, in different departments, it was always fun when our paths crossed at a substation. I enjoyed swapping stories with him.
We sincerely believe that Merlin and Judy are together in heaven.
Pat and Paul Salyers
Comment | Posted at 11:26pm via Condolence
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