Friday, May 4, 2018

Merlin Grosch (April 21, 2018)

Merlin Grosch, 76, of Arcanum, Ohio passed away on April 21, 2018 at State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville.

Merlin was born on May 6, 1941 in Rossburg, Ohio, the son of the late Charles and Inez (Laing) Grosch.

In addition to his parents, Merlin was preceeded in death by his brothers, Norman Grosch and Leonidas (Jean) Grosch.

Merlin worked with his brother, Norman, as a propane driver for Blue Flame of Lewisburg for 54 years. He was an avid Cleveland Browns supporter. Merlin was a wonderful husband, father, and brother and loved to watch all his grandchildren's events. Merlin and his brother, Art, liked to play ping-pong together. He also played on a softball and basketball team with his church, First Church of God. In his later years, he played dartball with Gordon United Methodist Church. Merlin worked in the Men's Brotherhood serving others in the community. Merlins first priority was to God and being a Christian father.

Merlin is survived by his wife of 56 and a half years, Marilyn (Baker) Grosch, whom he married on November 25, 1961; his daughter, Christy (Mark) Wirrig of Greenville; his son, Randy (Nancy) Grosch of Arcanum; two wonderful granddaughters; Lindsey (Ian) Werts of Grove City, Ohio, and Holly (Justin Warner) Grosch of Arcanum; his sister, Irma Hocker of Greenville; his brother, Arthur (Wanda) Grosch of St. Charles, Missouri; sister-in-law, Evelyn Grosch of Greenville; brother-in-law, Eddie (Judy) Baker of Arcanum; and sister-in-law, Debbie (Doug) Holsapple of Gordon, Ohio.

A Celebration of Merlin's Life will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus with Rev. Eric Fee Officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery.

Friends and family may visit on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contribution may be made to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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