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Robert Merritt Jr.

Robert Merritt Jr.

Gone Too Soon


This is the story of Robert Merritt Jr.  Robert was an amazing person with a heart of gold.  He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend.  Sadly, at the young age of 38, he has left us far too soon, passing away on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  Robert loved to hunt and listen to music.  He loved to help people.  He was always willing to lend a hand.  He loved spending time with Laura and the children.  They were his heart, his pride and joy.  Robert was born January 14, 1979 in Erie, a son of Robert Merritt Sr. and his wife, Sheryl, of Springboro, and Bonnie (Dombrowski) Merritt of Erie.  Robert graduated from Northwestern High School in 1997, and was employed with the S.C.I. in Albion.  Robert was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Richard Dombrowski, and his paternal grandparents, Robert Carlisle Merritt and Marie Finster.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Laura (Sawdy) Merritt, whom he married October 14, 2000, eight children, Alesha, Elijah, Seth, Nathan, Kaleb, Averie, Ethan, Ryan, all at home, a brother, Brad Merritt of Erie, a sister, Danielle McLaughlin of Springboro, and several step brothers and sisters.  Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Calling hours will be held at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, on Friday from 4pm to 7pm.  A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11am.  Burial will follow in Spring Cemetery, Springboro.  Memorials may be made to the family and will be placed in a trust fund to be used for Robert’s children.  To send flowers, light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit 

Left by  “Bonnie Merritt (mom)” on 07/02/2017
You will always be my baby. Nothing could have prepared me for this day. I am devastated at the thought that I will never be able to hug you and kiss you on your cheek good-bye when I visit your wife and babies. There will forever be a hole in my heart. I will surround your wife and children with love and comfort and do all I can to take care of them. RIP my sweet little boy. I love you.
Left by  “Jean Pender” on 06/30/2017
Laura, Alesha, and family. Sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Left by  “Scott, Ada, Haley Strasser and Joanne Strasser” on 06/28/2017
We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Left by  “Rose Manley Stillman” on 06/28/2017
I went to school with Robert he was a great guy all around! Loved everyone, If you were down and he was around you werent down anymore And love he had for his beautiful wife laura and beautiful children and family were priceless. Heaven gained a angel rip we will meet again!
Left by  “Terri Jouver” on 06/28/2017
Since I miss "Merritt," so much at work, I cannot imagine the sorrow in you lives. May we all remember him forever. He has touched so many lives.
Left by  “Connie Quigley” on 06/28/2017
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for him and your family.
Left by  “Justin & Nicole Twentier ” on 06/28/2017
We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Left by  “The Kiedaisch Family” on 06/28/2017
So very sorry for your loss. May your happiness memories of Rob keep him smiling in your hearts forever. Hugs to you all!
Left by  “Uncle Bob & Aunt Kathy ” on 06/27/2017
We are so sorry, Bobby will be missed.Our love,thoughts and prayers to Laura and the children.
Left by  “Melissa Gibson & Abby Hancox” on 06/27/2017
We are very sorry for your unexpected loss. Many prayers to his family. May God bless and keep you close during this difficult time.
Left by  “Tyler Johnson” on 06/27/2017
So sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you all!
Left by  “Kelly Kantola” on 06/27/2017
Dear Laura and children, I worked with Robert at SCI-Albion. He was a great man. Always bragging about his kids and how much he loved you all. NO words can take away your grief at this time. I am so very sorry for this tragic loss and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Left by  “Nancy and matt campbell” on 06/27/2017
So sorry for your loss , we are always here for you and kids and extended family.
Left by  “Sandy Fetzner” on 06/27/2017
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss..He was such a nice person..Will miss his smiling face..Thoughts and prayers to the family...
Left by  “Sherri Ballard & family” on 06/27/2017
Sorry for your loss. I will always remember hearing the stories of all the kids and how proud they made him.
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