Farmington – Frank H. Merrill, 87, a resident of Fayette, died Sunday, May 31, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

He was born Sept. 4, 1921, in Chesterville, the son of Harold and Etta (Richards) Merrill. He attended school in Chesterville. Frank served in the U.S. Army 1942-1946 during World War II, he was stationed in Hawaii. On Dec. 13, 1947, he married Margaret Bubier in Fayette. She died Nov. 8, 2005.

After he was discharged from the service he went to work in the woods with his father Harold. In 1949 he went to work at International Paper Co. at the Otis Mill. In 1984 he retired from the Androscoggin Mill in Jay. Frank was a member of the International Paper Quarter Century Club, Frank L. Mitchell V.F.W. Post 3335, life member, Lane-Dube AmVets Post 33, in Jay, and the George Bunton American Legion Post 10, in Livermore Falls. His hobbies were gardening, farming and his animals, along with having many games of cribbage with his family. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by three daughters, Barbara Cook of Jay and her companion, Dennis Damon, Betty Nichols and her husband, Valentine, of Livermore Falls, Mary Cote and her husband, Thom, of Livermore Falls; five sons, Thomas Merrill and his wife, Roberta, of Montana, Steven Merrill of Fayette, George Merrill and his wife, Margie, of Jay, Ricky Merrill and his wife, Debbie, of Jay, and Barry Merrill and his wife, Bridgette, of Jay; his sister, Dora Jackman of Turner; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Merrill; his grandson, Jeremy Merrill; and his son-in-law, Alan (Skeeter) Cook.

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