HOWLAND - Darrell J. Merrill, Sr., 70, husband of Sandra (Maynard) Merrill, went home to be with the Lord, September 15, 2014, at a Bangor hospital, after a long battle with ALS. He was born May 28, 1944, in Howland, the son of Howard and Pearl (Tate) Merrill.
Darrell was an active member of Community Evangel Temple in Lincoln and loved his church dearly. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was a jack-of-all-trades and could build or fix anything. He worked as a diesel mechanic for WT Gardner for close to 30 years. After retiring in 2009, he enjoyed woodworking. The love of his life, Sandra, was a very strong, loving, dedicated wife, soul mate and caregiver throughout their marriage, until the end.
In addition to his wife, Sandra, he is survived by two children, Dj Merrill and his wife, Marie Estock and Wanda Pollard and her husband, John; three step-children, Tina Dyer and her husband, George, Michelle Neal and her husband, Calvin and Michael Inman and his wife, Doris Simons; a brother, Richard Merrill and his wife, Sharon; nine grandchildren, Doug, Chad, Kevin, Crystal, Nicole, Calvin, Bethany, Zach and Frankie; many special great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Louise and Hazel.
Friends may call from 12-2 p.m. Friday, September 19 at Community Evangel Temple, River Rd., Lincoln, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev Tim Shaw and the Rev Jason Johnstone officiating. Following the service, a luncheon will be held in the fellowship hall downstairs at the church. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Foundation or Community Evangel Temple. Donations may be left with the funeral home. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.