Burton Fred Merritt Jr.
Born on Oct. 25, 1927
BURTON FRED MERRITT JR.
YOAKUM - Burton Fred Merritt, Jr. went home to be with The Lord, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the age of 85. He was born on October 25, 1927 to Burton Fred Merritt, Sr. and Villa Ellen Steen Merritt in Crowley, Louisiana. He served in the Marine Corp during World War II and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. After the war, he returned to college and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. He was in the oil drilling business for 30 years in Crowley. In 1978, he retired and became a rancher, raising Australian Zebu cattle, in Gonzales County.
Burton is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Jean Eggleston Merritt; his daughter, Lee Ellen Merritt Speckman and her husband Luke of New Braunfels; three grandchildren, Burton Palmer Speckman and his wife Kimberly of Caldwell, Texas, Katie Speckman Cobbs and her husband Bruce of Round Rock, Texas and Benjamin Merritt Speckman of New Braunfels, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Hallie Norah Cobbs and Charlie Ann Speckman; his son, Mark Allen Merritt of Gonzales and his children, Ashley Aydlett, Kim King and Michael Merritt. He is also survived by brother, Edward Allen Merritt and his wife Barbara of Texarkana, Texas.
Graveside services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Pilot Grove Cemetery, Yoakum, Texas, followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service at The Country Church of Marion, Texas. Service will be officiated by Rev. Butch Ikels.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Country Church, P.O. Box 421, Marion, Tx. 78124.
On-line guestbook may be signed at www.thielecooper.com.
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, 361-293-5656.