OBITUARY

Raymond William Merrow

May 17, 1936October 24, 2018
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AUBURN: Raymond W. Merrow, 82, of Lewiston peacefully passed away on Wednesday October 24, 2018 at the Hospice House in Auburn with his loving family by his side and is now with God, his wife Shirley, his parents and his sibling. He was born in Lewiston on May 17, 1936. He was employed as Sanitarian for the City Of Lewiston for over 10 years, and was also employed as Code Enforcement Officer for the Towns of Turner, Litchfield, Green and Lisbon until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the United States Air Force from April 1954 to May 1974 and attained the rank of MSgt. During his military career. His stateside assignment included Ethan Allen AFB, VT; Dow AFB, ME; Beale AFB , CA. and Barksdale AFB, LA. His overseas assignments included Bermuda, Japan and Vietnam. While in Japan he deployed on special assignments to Okinawa and Taiwan. While in Taiwan he was the leader of a specialty squad assigned in the mountainous regions of Taiwan in direct support of the troops in Vietnam. He was the author of a training manual that was adopted for use by The United States Air Force. He was awarded The Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 oak Leaf Clusters; The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; The Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; The Army Good Conduct Medal with 3 Loops; The National Defense Medal with one Gold Star, The Vietnamese Service Medal with 3 Gold Stars The Air Force Longevity ribbon with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; The Air Force Non-Commissioned Officers Academy Ribbon; The Marksmanship Ribbon; and The Vietnamese Campaign Medal. He was a lifetime member of The Disabled American Veterans and The Retired Enlistedmens Association. He was also a member of The America Legion, Post 153, Auburn, Maine. He and his wife were married in Burlington, Vermont on October 22, 1955 and they enjoyed 61 years of marital bliss. He is survived by his daughters; Shelly Merrow of Lewiston; Sheila Merrow of Freeport; Rhonda Dow and her husband David Dow,Jr. of Buckfield and Rachelle Dickinson and her husband Bart of Lewiston along with his "Special" Grandchildren Melissa (Merrow) Grondin and her husband Chris of Lewiston; Hannah Dickinson (Who always helped him when his legs got shaky) and Hunter Dickinson (his special hunting partner) of Lewiston. Julia Dow, of Buckfield who was also his crutch when he had a hard time with his legs, Scott Turner (his special duck hunting partner) and his wife Dawn of Freeport. Stephanie Cichowski of Freeport; Jonathan Chasse and his wife Alexandria of Lewiston, Timothy Chasse and his wife Branda of Sidney; Christina (Chasse) Clark and her husband Kevin of North Carolina. He also leaves behind his Great-grandchildren; Scott Jr. and Matthew Turner of Freeport; Ella Cichowski of Freeport; Natalie, Alexis and Ronan Clark of North Carolina, Joseph Chasse of Sidney and Brynn and Kenzie Grondin of Lewiston, and many nieces and nephews. His sister Nancy and her husband Richard Lagueux of Lewiston and his brother Richard Merrow and his wife Rita of Farmington. He was predeceased by his spouse Shirley, parents Edward and Malvina Merrow, and a sister Lorraine and her husband Arthur Lizotte Jr. Ray enjoyed golfing with the Senior Leagues at Prospect Hill and Pine Acres of Auburn, and with his partners Fern, Larry, Joe and Paul. He also enjoyed his annual week long camping trip to Cobbossee Lake with his wife, daughters and grandchildren, he especially enjoyed the daily competition between his daughter Sheila, his grandson Hunter, his son in laws Bart and David and himself to see who could catch and release the most and the biggest bass. The night time card games were another thing he looked forward to every evening while at camp. He also enjoyed fishing with his granddaughter Melissa and her husband Chris. He enjoyed hunting with his children, son-in laws, grandchildren and his special hunting partner David Dow Sr. of Buckfield, whom he spent many bird hunting trips to Rangeley and other areas with. They discussed the good old days with the abundance of game and solved many of the worlds problems during their hunting trips. He enjoyed his trips to his daughter Rachelle and son-in-law Bart's camp in Patten, Maine. Sitting on the sun porch at their lakefront home, on Cobbossee, on a warm summer day, was one of his favorites. He thoroughly enjoyed bird hunting with his daughter Sheila, son-in-laws David and Bart and his grandson Hunter. The highlight of his hunting, was the moose hunting trip, with his sons-in-law David and Bart and his buddy David Dow Sr. ,when he bagged a 820 lb moose. He always looked forward to turkey season and crossbow hunting with his grandson Hunter. He loved watching his grandchildren Hannah, Hunter and Julia compete in sports. Family gatherings were always something he looked forward to, especially Christmas and the 4th of July.

Visiting hours will be held at Fortin\Auburn on Monday November 5, 2018 from 1-4pm followed by a Celebration of Raymond’s Life at 4pm also at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston at a later date. Condolences may be shared with Raymond’s family at: www.thefortingroupauburn.com

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, November 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

Raymond William Merrow

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Joanne Tkaczyk

November 5, 2018

Shelly, Sheila, Rhonda, Rachel and family

We will be thinking of you and in our prayers through this difficult time. You had amazing parents that shared special times with all of you. Those will be wonderful memories for years to come.

With love,
Joanne and Willie Tkaczyk



Sheila Merrow

November 3, 2018

Dad,
Where do I begin....you we're the most amazing father a daughter could ever ask for.
Dad your heart was ginormous!!!
Your love, understanding, kindness, and compassion towards family, friends, and people you'd meet no matter where we went showed me a MAN that I was very proud to call DAD!!
Dad, I miss our talks, your laughter, your smile, your advise, your HUGS and KISSES, I miss MY BEST FRIEND...
Remember Fathers never say goodbye to their little girls....this is not goodbye DAD ..... we will be together again some day!!! Until then enjoy your journey hold mom and tell her how much I miss her and love her....give her HUGS and KISSES from all of us

I love you and miss you Dad..
Your Daughter-Best Friend, Sheila

Melissa Grondin

November 3, 2018

Pop,
I still can't believe you're gone. I miss you so much already. I know you're no longer in pain & with Gram again, the love of your life. I hope you both are up there dancing, smiling and holding each other tight.
Pop, please remember one thing, you are my hero and that'll never change!! I have always cherished every single memory we have created and will miss the ones we never got to do. I rememeber as a little girl being your golf caddy. Gosh, didn't I love going golfing with you! Then I grew up and you gave me away at my wedding. I will never forget our special "father/daughter" dance, I'll Always Be Your Baby by Natalie Grant. The smile on your face is something I will remember forever. You always knew how to comfort me when I needed it the most. I will miss your talks, hugs, kisses, family dinners and so much more.
Please give Gram a hug & kiss for me. Until we meet again please soar high in the sky and look over my girls and I. I know you may not be here in person but I know your presence is still there always and forever. Pop, I love you to the moon and back! Family Is Forever ❤

Rachelle Dickinson

November 2, 2018

Dad,
Even though it was hard for you to leave your four girls and family you knew it was time to join Mom in heaven. You are pain free and back with the love of your life, “Mom”, and that is what matters most. I cannot put into words how much I miss Mom and You. You were not only my parents but my “Best Friends” and you will forever be missed. Family Is Forever. Until we meet again. Hope Mom and You are flying high and dancing in the sky.
Love you,
Rachelle
XO

Donna Lowell

October 30, 2018

Raymond was a wonderful man who loved to laugh and have fun. Him and his wife were the life of the party. He will be dearly missed. Rest In Peace Raymond until we meet again. My heart goes out to his girls and their families.
Love,
Aunt Donna

Jerry Samson

October 29, 2018

Ray worked for me as a code officer in Lisbon, he was the kindest and one of the most competent workers I have encountered in my 30 years experience in municipal government. He was loved
by the entire staff and was surely missed when he left.
Jerry Samson
Buckfield

Chuck & Joanne Cook

October 29, 2018

A great guy is reunited with his best friend. We had the chance to visit Ray a couple summer's ago.
He was always so cheerful and welcoming, as was Shirley. As family, you will share a lot of great
memories.....enjoy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, and Ray & Shirley. We're bless to have
known them.
Chuck & Joanne Cook

Sally Lester

October 29, 2018

I remember always listening to the great stories you would share about your family. You and Shirley surely were always so loving and caring. I am thankful and blessed to have known you both! I am sorry your all your loved ones left here on earth however they will always have great memories of you both to carry around with them til they meet you again in heaven!! My thoughts and prayers go out to Merrow family. Love Sally

Hannah Dickinson

October 28, 2018

Pop,
Wednesday night God took you to heaven to be with Gram. I hope heaven knows what an amazing man they have. You were the most loving, most giving, most special individual. I was the luckiest girl in the world to be able to call you my Papa Ray. I miss you so much already and I still cannot comprehend that you are in heaven now. However, I just keep telling myself you are up there dancing with Gram and I just keep thinking of how happy you are to be with the love of your life again. I know you will always be looking down on your family because that was the most important thing in the world to you. You would do anything for any one of us. I love you more than you’ll ever know. Please give Gram a big hug and kiss for me. Until we meet again, I will forever make you proud.
Love,
Your Granddaughter Hannah

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

AUBURN: Raymond W. Merrow, 82, of Lewiston peacefully passed away on Wednesday October 24, 2018 at the Hospice House in Auburn with his loving family by his side and is now with God, his wife Shirley, his parents and his sibling. He was born in Lewiston on May 17, 1936. He was employed as Sanitarian for the City Of Lewiston for over 10 years, and was also employed as Code Enforcement Officer for the Towns of Turner, Litchfield, Green and Lisbon until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the United States Air Force from April 1954 to May 1974 and attained the rank of MSgt. During his military career. His stateside assignment included Ethan Allen AFB, VT; Dow AFB, ME; Beale AFB , CA. and Barksdale AFB, LA. His overseas assignments included Bermuda, Japan and Vietnam. While in Japan he deployed on special assignments to Okinawa and Taiwan. While in Taiwan he was the leader of a specialty squad assigned in the mountainous regions of Taiwan in direct support of the troops in Vietnam. He was the author of a training manual that was adopted for use by The United States Air Force. He was awarded The Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 oak Leaf Clusters; The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; The Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; The Army Good Conduct Medal with 3 Loops; The National Defense Medal with one Gold Star, The Vietnamese Service Medal with 3 Gold Stars The Air Force Longevity ribbon with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; The Air Force Non-Commissioned Officers Academy Ribbon; The Marksmanship Ribbon; and The Vietnamese Campaign Medal. He was a lifetime member of The Disabled American Veterans and The Retired Enlistedmens Association. He was also a member of The America Legion, Post 153, Auburn, Maine. He and his wife were married in Burlington, Vermont on October 22, 1955 and they enjoyed 61 years of marital bliss. He is survived by his daughters; Shelly Merrow of Lewiston; Sheila Merrow of Freeport; Rhonda Dow and her husband David Dow,Jr. of Buckfield and Rachelle Dickinson and her husband Bart of Lewiston along with his "Special" Grandchildren Melissa (Merrow) Grondin and her husband Chris of Lewiston; Hannah Dickinson (Who always helped him when his legs got shaky) and Hunter Dickinson (his special hunting partner) of Lewiston. Julia Dow, of Buckfield who was also his crutch when he had a hard time with his legs, Scott Turner (his special duck hunting partner) and his wife Dawn of Freeport. Stephanie Cichowski of Freeport; Jonathan Chasse and his wife Alexandria of Lewiston, Timothy Chasse and his wife Branda of Sidney; Christina (Chasse) Clark and her husband Kevin of North Carolina. He also leaves behind his Great-grandchildren; Scott Jr. and Matthew Turner of Freeport; Ella Cichowski of Freeport; Natalie, Alexis and Ronan Clark of North Carolina, Joseph Chasse of Sidney and Brynn and Kenzie Grondin of Lewiston, and many nieces and nephews. His sister Nancy and her husband Richard Lagueux of Lewiston and his brother Richard Merrow and his wife Rita of Farmington. He was predeceased by his spouse Shirley, parents Edward and Malvina Merrow, and a sister Lorraine and her husband Arthur Lizotte Jr. Ray enjoyed golfing with the Senior Leagues at Prospect Hill and Pine Acres of Auburn, and with his partners Fern, Larry, Joe and Paul. He also enjoyed his annual week long camping trip to Cobbossee Lake with his wife, daughters and grandchildren, he especially enjoyed the daily competition between his daughter Sheila, his grandson Hunter, his son in laws Bart and David and himself to see who could catch and release the most and the biggest bass. The night time card games were another thing he looked forward to every evening while at camp. He also enjoyed fishing with his granddaughter Melissa and her husband Chris. He enjoyed hunting with his children, son-in laws, grandchildren and his special hunting partner David Dow Sr. of Buckfield, whom he spent many bird hunting trips to Rangeley and other areas with. They discussed the good old days with the abundance of game and solved many of the worlds problems during their hunting trips. He enjoyed his trips to his daughter Rachelle and son-in-law Bart's camp in Patten, Maine. Sitting on the sun porch at their lakefront home, on Cobbossee, on a warm summer day, was one of his favorites. He thoroughly enjoyed bird hunting with his daughter Sheila, son-in-laws David and Bart and his grandson Hunter. The highlight of his hunting, was the moose hunting trip, with his sons-in-law David and Bart and his buddy David Dow Sr. ,when he bagged a 820 lb moose. He always looked forward to turkey season and crossbow hunting with his grandson Hunter. He loved watching his grandchildren Hannah, Hunter and Julia compete in sports. Family gatherings were always something he looked forward to, especially Christmas and the 4th of July.
Condolences may be shared with Raymond’s family at www.thefortingroupauburn.com
Visiting hours will be held at Fortin\Auburn on Monday November 5, 2018 from 1-4pm followed by a Celebration of Raymond’s Life at 4pm also at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston at a later date. Arrangements are under the care and guidance of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.