Francis “Frank” Merrill, 77, of Waterloo, died Monday, March 11, 2019, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
Frank was born June 6, 1941, in Hampton, Iowa, the son of Robert and Matilda “Tillie” (Krull) Merrill. He spent most of his childhood growing up in Readlyn, graduating from Wapsie Valley High School-Readlyn in 1959. He then attended Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) for one year, playing on the college’s baseball team. He transferred to Wartburg College in Waverly where he majored in physical education and played on the baseball team, graduating in 1963. During his student teaching days, he met Roberta Furland; they married a few short months later on December 21, 1963 in Conrad, Iowa. Frank would go on to teach in Waterloo until beginning his teaching career in Denver in 1967. While at Denver he taught middle school mathematics and coached several team sports, most notably basketball and baseball. He retired in 1998 after 31 years at Denver Community Schools.
Frank was an avid Boston Red Sox and University of Northern Iowa Panther fan. For the past 25 years, along with Roberta, he managed the clock and scoreboard duties for both men's and women's basketball games at UNI. In his retirement, he enjoyed travelling, visiting 40 countries around the world and various cities in the US, with San Diego being his favorite. Frank and the Merrill family are well known for swimming lessons they gave at their pool.
Frank is survived by his wife of 55 years, Roberta of Waterloo, two daughters, Megan (Dan Grover) Merrill of Columbia, Missouri and Meika (James Adair) Merrill of Johnston, Iowa, one grandson, Kiernan Adair, and one brother, John (Sara) Merrill of Moravian Falls, North Carolina. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Denver Community Center in Denver, Iowa. Please wear your favorite athletic team's fan apparel in Frank's memory. Memorials may be directed to the family; recipients will be American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Epilepsy Foundation, and Mayo Clinic. On-line condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is in charge of arrangements. 319-984-5379
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