Archive for Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Monroe Earl Merritt

February 22, 2006

A memorial graveside service for retired Chief Warrant Officer Monroe Earl Merritt, 90, Lansing, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mr. Merritt died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at Country Care on Broadway, Leavenworth.

He was born Jan. 7, 1916, the son of Francis and Ellen Merritt. He grew up in Avondale, Mo.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 15, 1937, and was assigned to the 11th Calvary Horse Regiment at The Presidio of Monterey, Calif.

After receiving an honorable discharge in 1940, Mr. Merritt remained a civilian for about a month. He then re-enlisted as a private at the Fort Leavenworth Reception Center, where young men were inducted into the service at the onset of and during World War II. He rose quickly in the enlisted ranks, becoming a master sergeant by 1942. He attained the rank of warrant officer in 1943, but returned to the enlisted ranks. He became a sergeant major of the Army in March 1964.

Mr. Merritt retired from the Army in 1967. He received numerous awards and citations during his military career, including the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Good Conduct Medal. He served throughout the United States and many countries abroad.

After his military retirement, he worked at the Kansas Correctional Institute for Women in Lansing. He retired from that state post in 1978. He then worked at Gronis Hardware for a number of years.

Mr. Merritt was an avid golfer and member of Fort Leavenworth Golf Course. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and U.S. Cavalry Association.

On July 4, 1941, he married Henrietta R. Kennedy. She died June 27, 2002.

An infant son died in 1948 and another son, Jimmie, also preceded him in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Lozenski, Lansing; a brother, Ben, Kansas City; four grandsons; and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Country Care on Broadway for the Aviary Fund, sent in care of Davis Funeral Home, 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth 66048.

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