Dr. Merle F. Supernaw

August 24, 1927April 20, 2019

SUPERNAW, Dr. Merle F. (Doc), of Flint, age 91passed away peacefully Sat. April 20, 2019. A celebration of life Service will be held Friday May 17, 2019 at 1:30pm at Flushing United Methodist Church 413 E. Main St. Flushing, MI 48433, with Pastor JJ Mannschreck officiating. Visitation 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the church. A lunch will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Flint Firefighters Local 352, in memory of Doc Supernaw, (to benefit families of local firefighters).

Dr. Supernaw as born in Flint, MI, Aug. 24, 1927 to Dr. Floyd and Sadie Supernaw. Merle was a WWII veteran, having served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy. He attended The National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, Ill, upon his return, went into chiropractic practice with his father for 6 years, and then built his own private practice on the Eastside of Flint where he blessed the community with his healing hands for over 50 years. Merle served the chiropractic profession in the Michigan Chiropractic Assoc. as president as well as several other positions. Merle, Doc, as he was fondly known, has been a lifelong friend and supporter of Flint Firefighters, his Big Brothers for life, and was made an honorary Flint Fighter, of which he was fiercely proud. Merle was also a lifelong member of Asbury United Methodist Church, serving in a variety of positions, but attended Flushing United Methodist Church for most of the last year. Merle had a great love of the outdoors, and loved hunting, fishing, and camping and made many special friends that way. Merle was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Millie Supernaw, his parents, Floyd and Sadie Supernaw, brother Dale Supernaw, and sister Arlene Greenman. He is survived by his children Debbie (Kent) Raysin, CA, Kris Supernaw (Bob Halbedel), Flushing, Steve (Janet) Supernaw, Clio, grandchildren Shawn (Deanne), Stacy (Chris), Jennifer (Jason) , Jamie (Rodney), and Autumn (Casey), and great grandchildren Kyle, Caden, Samantha, Christopher, Hayden, Kelsey, Camden, Laela, Brynlea, Cam, Anthony, and sister-in-law Marlene Supernaw, and brother-in-law Darwin Greenman, along with many nieces, nephews and countless special friends.


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2019


Dr. Merle F. Supernaw

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Mike Galloway

May 16, 2019

Doc was my Friend, he visited station 5 almost every day that I worked and I grew very close to him, he would tell me so many stories over the years from his time as a little boy and hanging out with the firemen at #5 to his days in the service in WW2, his long journey getting towed back from Palilu to his college years and getting married and becoming a doctor, raising his family that he was so proud of, to hunting up north with his wife. So many more things flood my mind as I write these down, so I’ll just say I miss Doc, I miss the station door bell ringing and him standing there waiting to share a coffee and a story, to the family you guys are in my thoughts and prayers, and just know that your father was loved by so many.

C. Patrick Beal

April 28, 2019

Hello Kris and I wanted to say, as a person from many years ago..hello and that I am sorry for the loss of your dad. I believe the family can be a great supportive group at this time,and that you are in good hands. The memorial and your home, I think, is not far from our old Tai Chi practices.... Wishing you well, drop an email sometime. Your dad was a very accomplished talented man. Bless you and all your good memories of him. Pat Beal

Gary Peterson

April 24, 2019

Doc was a great friend and card partner at station 5.