Stephen Watt Merchant

1947 - 2018

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Stephen Watt Merchant tragically and unexpectedly passed away on 4 December 2018, at the tender young age of 71. He was born in the city of Marion, Ohio on 24 October 1947 to Walter and Marie Merchant. Steve graduated from Kenton Senior High School in 1965 and went on to earn his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Ohio University in 1969. From September 1969 to April 1971, Steve honorably served in the U.S. Army. He spent nearly 14 months fighting with the 1st Calvary Air Division 3rd Brigade in Southeast Asia. After returning to civilian life Steve met Barb, the love of his life, in 1972 in the sporting goods section of Mason's Department Store. Their whirlwind romance resulted in marriage on 17 June 1972. Steve worked at Rockwell Automotive (Arvin Meritor) from 1979 until is retirement in 2006. Steve was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Merchant and sister, Jean Stone. He is survived by his wife Barbara Merchant, his older brother Daniel, and his younger brother Michael. His legacy includes his eldest son Ryan Merchant, his daughter-in-law Andrea, and their children Devin and Addison. His youngest son is Keith Merchant, his daughter-in-law Samantha Pfaller, and their children Thomas and Olivia. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from Noon - 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course Club House, 15906 State Route 309, Kenton. Please make donations in his name to the homeless shelter in Kenton, Ohio at 13671 W. Pattison Ave (419) 679-1063. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SCHINDEWOLF-STOUT-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting www.stoutcrates.com.


Service Information
  • Celebration of Life:

    Sunday, June 23rd 2019 - 12:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course - Club House [Map]
    15906 State Route 309
    Kenton, Ohio

  • Final Resting Place:

    [Map]

  • Contributions:

  • Instructions:

    A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from Noon - 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course Club House, 15906 State Route 309, Kenton.



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To : Mike and family
Date :Tuesday, December 11th 2018
From : Joe and Sandy Prater
We were both shocked and saddened to hear of Steve's sudden death. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and especially our prayers as you process and move forward after this unfortunate incident. If we, in any way, can help please let us know



To : Steve's family
Date :Wednesday, December 12th 2018
From : Dave Sturgeon
I think we were all shocked by Steve's sudden death. He will be greatly missed by all especially by his classmates from the class of 1965. He was the driving force for their scholarship!



To : family of steve merchant
Date :Thursday, December 13th 2018
From : mr mrs raymond pack
so sorry for your loss of a great man had so many great times talking to steve . He was my forman in different departmenst always there to help or get help.
many times just a how you doing
was a uplift.first time i went sailing was with steve a great memory yes
he was a great man



To : Barb and family
Date :Thursday, December 13th 2018
From : George Cannode
Barb
Steve was not only a lifelong friend, he was a remarkable and uplifting man. As tragic and unexpected his passing was I take solace in the many memories we shared.It was Steve that said one day while we played a round of golf and talked about the passing of our friends, “We can only thank God for the shared memories and do our best to make them proud of us”. Steve did that in so many ways! I hope the wind chime will always remind you that he is with you and you are not alone.



To : Barb and family
Date :Thursday, December 13th 2018
From : Cheryl Cosart
Death of our loved ones hurt so deeply. Sending you my most sincere sympathy and prayers. Steve will be greatly missed by all. God bless you all. This has certainly been a heart breaking time for us.



To : Barb and family
Date :Friday, December 14th 2018
From : George Cannode
Barb
Steve was not only a lifelong friend, he was a remarkable and uplifting man. As tragic and unexpected his passing was I take solace in the many memories we shared.It was Steve that said one day while we played a round of golf and talked about the passing of our friends, “We can only thank God for the shared memories and do our best to make them proud of us”. Steve did that in so many ways! I hope the wind chime will always remind you that he is with you and you are not alone.



To : Barb and family
Date :Saturday, December 15th 2018
From : Sherry Benson
So sorry for your loss. Had so many fun times working with Steve in Kenton and Frankfort. After he retired and moved back to Kenton, he always kept me updated on all of our old friends from Rockwell/Meritor.
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.



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