Merlin B. Haskins, 93, of Creston, died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster after a brief illness.
Merlin was born near Canaan on Aug. 15, 1923 to the late Benjamin and Pearl (Kissinger) Haskins and married Blanche Dawson on Aug. 12, 1941. She preceded him in death on March 19, 1998. On Oct. 10, 1998 he married the former Kathleen Kinney and she survives. Merlin served in the 755 Field Artillery Battalion from 1943 – 1946 having fought in the Battle of the Bulge during WW II. He retired from Morton Salt in Rittman and had previously worked at the Plank Elevator in Creston. He enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and gardening and could be found usually tinkering around in his garage or working outdoors.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Kathy; children and their spouse, Bill and Phyl Haskins of Orrville, Lynne and Jeff Massie of Wooster and Phil and Cindy Haskins of Ashland; his step-children, Chuck McDonough and Shawn McDonough both of Wooster, Jeannine and John Snyder of Moreland and Sheila and John Ewing of Boliver; 5 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche, brothers Cliff and Pete and sisters, Helen Double and Ruth Pinkley.
Services will be Monday, Feb. 20th at 1:00 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston where friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Canaan Cemetery. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com
Memorial contributions may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
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Name: Debbie Harris Specht
We know how much you will miss Merlin. Your father/husband was a very special person who would do anything you asked of him. He was a great friend and neighbor to our Dad and family. My sisters and I will never forget him. Our greatest
sympathies to your family.
Name: Mick Newsom
I am fortunate to have known Merlin as a friend and neighbor for 30 years. I know Merlin as a kind and generous man always ready to offer to help. Merlin is a hero to me. An example I wish all young men could know.
Name: Rod Dawson
Bill,Lynn,Phil Sorry to hear your of your loss. It is never easy to loose your remaining parent. Prayers and love Rod and Nancy
Name: Wooster Wayne Chapter DAR
The Wooster Wayne Chapter of DAR would like to extend our deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your loved one. We are very grateful for Merle's service to our country. Patriots are what keep our nation free. May God Bless you and comfort your family at this difficult time.
Name: karen oller rice
Hi Bill and Phyllis and family sister janet e-mailed me about your Dad. Your Dad and mine 1st cousins!! Sorry didn't get there. Remember good times with Dad. Take it easy, loveya Karen