OBITUARY

Howard Weld Merrill

March 12, 1921December 24, 2018
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Howard Weld “Bucky” Merrill ORONO—Howard W. “Bucky” Merrill, 97, died December 24, 2018 at St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, Maine of complications of heart disease. He was born March 12, 1921 in Bangor; the son of Ralph W. and Mabelle (Jacques) Merrill. A resident of Old Town, Bucky graduated from Old Town High School, Class of 1938. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America. In 1942 he graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Following college, he served in the US Army Air Corps as a Second Lieutenant being assigned to the special Weapons Laboratory at Wright Field Dayton, OH during WWII. Working primarily on remote control bombs and airplanes, his experiences included helping to launch pilotless bombers against high priority German targets. After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1946, as a Captain, he joined the then Glen L. Martin Co in Baltimore, MD as an engineer in a newly formed missile organization. He worked his way up in Engineering and Operations to assignment as Vice President-General Manager of that Division. His most rewarding engineering accomplishment resulted in an award as co-holder of a patent for a steerable rocket system. For the next few years he held various positions with Martin as VP-General Manager of the Denver (Titan) Division. He was later VP-Administration and VP – Production Operations of the Aerospace Division of the Martin Marietta Corporation, Baltimore, Maryland. He spent two years as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Paul H. Nitze, working in matters involving management of the Navy Department. He was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal (DCSM) for that effort. Bucky retired from the Martin Marietta Corporation (now Lockheed-Martin) at age 55 to return to his home at Pushaw Lake, Old Town, Maine. Throughout his life he was involved in community affairs that included: member University of Maine Development Council for 21 years, 25 year member of Kiwanis ( Past President in Baltimore and Orono-Old Town Clubs), Director Denver Chamber of Congress, Founding member and Mayor Pro-Temp Village of Columbine Valley, (Columbine Country Club, Colorado), Old Town City Council, Board of Assessors (chair), Old Town, Chair Old Town Public Library Expansion Committee and Endowment Trustee, President and Treasurer Old Town Museum, Various assignments: Old Town United Methodist Church, Officer and Director Kukunsook Club and Camp Owners Association, Director Old Town-Orono YMCA Foundation. Bucky enjoyed hunting, woodlot management, saw mill operations, wildlife, maple sugaring and genealogy. He married the former Edith Jordan Huntley of Old Town on May 24, 1943 and she predeceased him on January 6, 2004.He is survived by his children Constance (Merrill) Bennett and her husband Ronald of Scarborough, Stephen Weld Merrill and his wife Lori (Bradley) of Brewer, and Nancy (Merrill) Babcock and her husband Henry of Etna; three grandchildren Ted Bennett and his wife Julie of Scarborough, Betsy (Bennett) Pritchard and husband Joseph of Gorham, and David Weld Merrill and his wife Anna of Fairbanks, Alaska; 10 great grandchildren, and very special companion and friend Cora Paradis of Orono. He is predeceased by sisters Edith (Merrill) Lancaster and her husband Robert Lancaster, and Doris (Merrill) Condon. Many thanks to the Dirigo Pines Community where he resided for 8 years prior to his death. He was considered quite a character there. Friends may call 4-6PM Friday January 4, 2019 at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St Old Town. A funeral service will be conducted 11AM Saturday January 5, 2019 at the Old Town United Methodist Church, Old Town. Spring burial with military honors will be conducted at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town. Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Town Public Library 46 Middle Street Old Town, ME 04468, Old Town United Methodist Church 726 Stillwater Ave Old Town, ME 04468, Old Town-Orono YMCA 472 Stillwater Ave Old Town, ME 04468

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  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
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Biography

Howard Weld “Bucky” Merrill
ORONO—Howard W. “Bucky” Merrill, 97, died December 24, 2018 at St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, Maine of complications of heart disease. He was born March 12, 1921 in Bangor; the son of Ralph W. and Mabelle (Jacques) Merrill.
A resident of Old Town, Bucky graduated from Old Town High School, Class of 1938. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America. In 1942 he graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Following college, he served in the US Army Air Corps as a Second Lieutenant being assigned to the special Weapons Laboratory at Wright Field Dayton, OH during WWII. Working primarily on remote control bombs and airplanes, his experiences included helping to launch pilotless bombers against high priority German targets.
After release from the Army in 1946, as a Captain, he joined the then Glen L. Martin Co in Baltimore, MD as an engineer in a newly formed missile organization. He worked his way up in Engineering and Operations to assignment as Vice President-General Manager of that Division. His most rewarding engineering accomplishment resulted in an award as co-holder of a patent for a steerable rocket system. For the next few years he held various positions with Martin as VP-General Manager of the Denver (Titan) Division. He was later VP-Administration and VP – Production Operations of the Aerospace Division of the Martin Marietta Corporation, Baltimore, Maryland. He spent two years as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Paul H. Nitze, working in matters involving management of the Navy Department. He was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal (DCSM) for that effort.
Bucky retired from the Martin Marietta Corporation (now Lockheed-Martin) at age 55 to return to his home at Pushaw Lake, Old Town, Maine.
Throughout his life he was involved in community affairs that included: member University of Maine Development Council for 21 years, 25 year member of Kiwanis ( Past President in Baltimore and Orono-Old Town Clubs), Director Denver Chamber of Congress, Founding member and Mayor Pro-Temp Village of Columbine Valley, (Columbine Country Club, Colorado), Old Town City Council, Board of Assessors (chair), Old Town, Chair Old Town Public Library Expansion Committee and Endowment Trustee, President and Treasurer Old Town Museum, Various assignments: Old Town United Methodist Church, Officer and Director Kukunsook Club and Camp Owners Association, Director Old Town-Orono YMCA Foundation.
Bucky enjoyed hunting, woodlot management, saw mill operations, wildlife, maple sugaring and genealogy.
He married the former Edith Jordan Huntley of Old Town on May 24, 1943 and she predeceased him on January 6, 2004.He is survived by his children Constance (Merrill) Bennett and her husband Ronald of Scarborough, Stephen Weld Merrill and his wife Lori (Bradley) of Brewer, and Nancy Huntley (Merrill) Babcock and her husband Henry of Etna; three grandchildren Ted Bennett and his wife Julie of Scarborough, Betsy (Bennett) Pritchard and husband Joseph of Gorham, and David Weld Merrill and his wife Anna of Fairbanks, Alaska; 10 great grandchildren, and very special companion and friend Cora Paradis of Orono. He is predeceased by sisters Edith (Merrill) Lancaster and her husband Robert Lancaster, and Doris (Merrill) Condon.



Many thanks to the Dirigo Pines Community where he resided for 8 years prior to his death. He was considered quite a character there.

Friends may call 4-6PM Friday January 4, 2019 at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St Old Town. A funeral service will be conducted 11AM Saturday January 5, 2019 at the Old Town United Methodist Church, Old Town. Spring burial with military honors will be conducted at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Town Public Library 46 Middle Street Old Town, ME 04468, Old Town United Methodist Church 726 Stillwater Ave Old Town, ME 04468, Old Town-Orono YMCA 472 Stillwater Ave Old Town, ME 04468