Smith, Merrill Gene beloved spouse, parent, grandparent and great grandparent, passed away peacefully on July 3rd, 2024, at his home in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Born on 23 May 1929, Merrill was the cherished child of Iva and Victor growing up in Troy, Ohio. From an early age, Merrill exhibited a keen intellect and a compassionate heart that would define a life dedicated to service and family. After graduating from Troy High School and then Purdue University, Merrill embarked on a civil engineering career that culminated as a partner at Jones & Henry Engineers Ltd. in Toledo, Ohio. Merrill was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served as an officer at the U. S. Naval Air Base in Adak, Alaska and Clearfield, Utah. Known to his friends as Smitty, Merrill became a respected figure in Toledo and later Sylvania, Ohio, leaving a lasting impact on all who had the privilege to know him. Merrill loved genealogy, golf, stained glass and all things engineering. Outside of their professional achievements, Merrill was a devoted partner to his wife of 71 years, Margaret Hobson Smith and loving father to his son, David Paul (Connie) Smith; grandfather to Colin Micheal (Nicole) Smith, and great grandfather to Callum Merrill Smith and Palmer Moss Smith; and a host of extended family members and friends who will carry forward Merrill's legacy of kindness, integrity, and unwavering love. Family meant everything to Merrill, who cherished every moment spent creating memories and building traditions that will endure through generations. A memorial service to celebrate Merrill's life will be held at 12pm on Friday, July 19th, 2024, at White Funeral Home 12804 Nicollet Ave. S Burnsville, MN. A memorial visitation will take place from 11-12pm prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to… in Merrill's honor, continuing their commitment to helping people in need. Rest in peace, dear Merrill. Your light will continue to shine brightly in our hearts forever.

Published on July 11, 2024

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