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Gerald Everett Merryfield of Eau Claire, passed away on Feb. 9, surrounded by his family. Jerry was born in Wild Rose, on Dec. 14, 1936 to Lester and Lucille (Evans) Merryfield.

After graduating from Wild Rose High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for four years in the Military Police. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart Ellen Straw.

Jerry and Ellen moved to Eau Claire where they operated Eau Claire Toyland for six years. Jerry then worked for Walter Brewery for five years. He then spent 30 years at the Eau Claire Press Company; the last 20 years as the advertising director.

Jerry was active in the community and belonged to a number of organizations including; Jaycees, Board of Realtor’s, National and State Newspaper Associations, DNR Conservation Congress, Eau Claire Home Builders’ Association, Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, 3rd Degree Mason and Momentum 21. He also served as the Seymour Town Chairman and was very active in his church.

Jerry was an avid hunter and sportsman. He enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips to Northern Wisconsin, Canada, North Dakota, Colorado, and Montana, where he was always surrounded by his sons, grandsons, and friends. Although these trips will continue, his jokes and stories will be greatly missed.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Ellen and his three children, Rickey (Mindy) Merryfield, Debora (Ernie) Reynolds, all of Eau Claire, and Michael (Anne) Merryfield of Tomahawk. He is further survived by 10 grandchildren; Jessica (Amy), Meghan (John), Eric (Ashley), Jason, Cassie (Tony), Allie, Becca (Bryce), Emily, Kristin, and Kaydon. He also leaves behind seven great grandchildren; Oliver, Samuel, Flynn, Aurora, Alexander, Max, and Luci.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Keith, Boyd, and Phyllis.

Funeral will be held at Chapel Heights Methodist Church 300 E Hamilton Ave. Eau Claire on Saturday, Feb. 16 with visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., and Celebration of Life to follow at the VFW Club 1300 Starr Ave, Eau Claire.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Joseph’s Hospice Care.