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Karen and Barbara and families, I just learned about Merle's passing today. Please know that I am giving each of you a "heart hug". Bless each of you as you grieve his loss.

Posted by: Rosemary Shipman Stark - Des Moines, IA - Cousin   Jan 31, 2013

I knew Merle for so very long. I worked for him, and enjoyed his company as my fathers great friend (BD Solomon). Merle was a really great man, and incredible friend. I recall how he gently played with my daughter, and was always there. Rest my friend, and tell Dad we say "Hi".

Posted by: Rich Solomon - Aurora, CO - Friend   Jan 31, 2013

Merle was a friend of my dads, (Bennett Solomon, B.D.) who passed away four years ago. Dad spoke highly of Merle and what a good friend he was. I was able to meet Merle when he came to Texas to visit. Merle will be missed by many! Dad and Merle will be able to play the lottery in heaven!

Again I am so sorry for your loss!

Posted by: Robin Ferrata - Houston, TX - friend of my dad   Jan 30, 2013

I have been thinking about Merle a lot the last week or so and I didnt call. I had a bad feeling and googled his name and found his obituary, now I am sitting here completly heartbroken. Merle was one of the best friends I have ever had. He was my boss and mentor at 7-11. He gave me away at my wedding and came to visit his "granddaughter" shortly after she was born. She is 5 now and I

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Posted by: Shelly Wright - Littleton, CO - best friend/dad type figure   Jan 30, 2013

Sorry for your loss. He was a good friend.

Posted by: Pat & Dave Leonard - Sterling, IL - HS Classmate   Jan 25, 2013