Thomas Merryman

Thomas Earl Merryman

Friday, April 5th, 1940 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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Thomas Earl Merryman, 80, of Temple, Texas passed away suddenly on July 24, 2020.

Tom was born to Charles & Phyllis in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1958 and received an AA in Engineering from Fullerton College. He met his first wife, Sherry French while he was a car mechanic. They married and had 4 children while traveling all over the US. Tom and Sherry eventually divorced after 20 years of marriage and Tom then married the love of his life Christine Schweizer. They enjoyed a beautiful marriage with lots of travel, golfing, antique collecting and painting classes until their final move to Temple, Texas once Tom retired. After Chris passed in 2015, Tom stayed busy by golfing, meeting up with his siblings and their families on weekend get togethers for BBQ and playing with his beloved Pitbull Blue Heeler fur babies Jack and Jill.

Tom was a company man, spending most of his working life (1959-2010) with North American Aviation, Autonetics Division, Rockwell International and finally, Boeing. He was considered by many to be the first generation of field engineers, one of the pioneers to help get into service and establish a fleet of Ballistic Missile submarines. Many of his co-workers considered him a tough but fair mentor who was also highly regarded for his advice and opinions.

Tom loved golfing, slot car racing, tinkering with cars, Country music, good whisky, playing poker, collecting rare golf clubs, traveling with his wife Chris in their RV and stopping to paint water colors on their road trips to see Chris’s children Tracy Mendola and Bill Schweizer.

Two of Tom’s greatest honors were being named the first non Scottish Captain of the Innellan Golf Club in Scotland, in 1976, where they still play for the Bullwood Bucket he presented to the club and second, when Tom was awarded the title of Honorary Chief Petty Officer in 2008, where he was pinned by his son, former CPO Thomas Merryman Jr. Marking Tom’s retirement, Rear Admiral SE Johnson (US Navy) noted that the award “exemplified the high level of commitment Tom had put forth and the respect he had earned by the fleet.”

Tom is survived by his sisters Nancy Corwin, JoAnne Williams and his brother, Charles Merryman Jr, three of his four children, heart broken daughters Coby “Moose” Burns and Kelly “Snicklefritz” Franks and son Thomas Merryman Jr, as well as several grandchildren. His daughter Cathy Merryman predeceased him in 2012. He also leaves behind many friends who will remember his sense of humor and will also miss him dearly.

There will be no service, as Tom requested. His ashes will be spread over his favorite golf courses in Scotland.
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Cassandra Ranlett

Posted at 02:41pm
I know we didn’t spend a lot of time together when I was growing up but the times we did spend together will stay in my heart. I’m so sad that you are gone but I know you are happy wherever you are. I know that you’re finally back with Chris and that you’re no longer in any pain whatsoever. I miss you and I will love you forever. ♥️♥️

Kelly Franks

Posted at 07:09pm
Dad, l miss you so much! Just being able to call you or FaceTime with you meant the world to me. Thank you for the life l have, the traveling, the ease with which l make new friends, my sense of humor, my good looks, oops did l type that out loud? The music you listened to is the music l love today! You taught me to try new foods, snails in Dunoon! Skiing in Austria, how not to fall down.Golfing in Innellan and keeping my eye on the ball! And much more ❤️ Say hello to everyone up there. Thank you for being my loving Dad, and Grandpa to my kids❤️ Love you forever. Kelly(Snicklefritze) xoxo

Joe DiPietrantonio

Posted at 03:32pm
My deepest condolences to the Merryman family. I knew Tom (and then wife Sherry) from 1973 to 1976 when in The Loch as a Tech Rep working for Interstate Electronics (Anaheim, CA). He was a great guy and love life. I knew he played golf, wasn't aware of achievements at the local course. You may have know my oldest daughter Carol.

Again, my condolences to you and family,

Joe DiPietrantonio

Kelly Franks Posted at 06:42pm

Hello Mr. DiPietrantonio. Yes l went to school with Carol. I remember your wife as well. I know she was friends with my Mom. Wonderful memories of Scotland! ❤️

Coby Burns

Posted at 11:43am
Hi Daddio,
Your Obit was really hard to write. I hope I did you proud. Thanks for all the fun and adventure and art you instilled into me during my updragging. I'll always love Scotland, sailing, Dad jokes, watercolors, station wagons, jaguar cars, the smell of leather, hairy chests, our poker games (my Precious) and the ozone smell of slot car racing and so much more thanks to you. You are forever in my heart, forever missed. Rest in peace now Daddio, you deserve it. xo

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