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Orem B. Mero passed peacefully away on October 27, 2016 in Gaylord.

 Mr. Mero was born June 3, 1919 in Onaway, to Charles and Eva Mero.

One of twelve children, he attended Onaway High School and was employed in Onaway until the time of his enlistment into the Navy at the advent of America’s involvement in the Pacific Theater of the Second World War.

 Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he married Audrey A. Meitzner of Onaway. Together they started a family and moved to Gaylord in 1955 whereupon he started a business as an independent insurance agent, which he maintained for over thirty years.

 Orem lived a truly unique life, having been born on the heels of the Lost Generation and at the conclusion of a catastrophic world war. Growing up, he witnessed the worst economic depression in American history only to be called into serving in the most devastating and influential conflict in human history. He lived through the tensions of the Cold War and watched the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Twin Towers. All the while, the world around him grew technologically at an unprecedentedly exponential rate.

 In light of this, Orem was a veritable well of stories and wisdom, all of which he lovingly imparted to those whom he cared for in the course of his life. Those who survive him, wife, Audrey; daughter, Joy (Morris Droppers), son, James (Jamie), son, Joel (Pam); sisters, Kathleen, Florence and Rosalie; brother, Emmet; grandsons, Jason Pickens, Christopher Pickens, Joel Mero, Curtis Mero and Benjamin Mero; granddaughters, Caitlin Kramer and Amanda Droppers; great-grandsons, Brantley Lawes, Emmet Kramer and Alexander Pickens and great-granddaughters, Ella Sue Mero, Emmalyn Pickens and Penelope Pickens, will always remember him as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor and friend.

 Mr. Mero was preceded in death by his son, John Mero in 2013.

 A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 Contributions in Mr. Mero’s name, may be made to the VFW Building Fund, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

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From: Mo Droppers

Loved this man, I got to call him Pa longer than I did my own father. He always had a mischievous gleam in his eye. He was rightly proud of his service to this country and would share the stories with anyone. Talking to a friend of his for many years, they gave me a perfect description of Orem. He said he was like a toasted marshmallow rough and crusty on the outside soft and sweet on the inside. We are all going to miss him.

From: Kevin Hunt

My deepest sympathy to the Mero family. My fondest memories of Orem are week ends at Black Lake.Going to church on Saturday night's and him making us go skinny dipping afterwards. Also going bird hunting and riding in the woods in the back of the pickup. He was a ornery old cuss with a heart of gold. He will be missed.

From: Bob and Pat Webster

We are saddened to hear of his passing and our condolences to the family. Orem came to our print shop for copies and we had many long conversations with him which we truly enjoyed. He was a very good and kind man that will be missed by many.

From: Roy & Judy Hart
Hessel, Michigan

Dear Caitlin & Jamie We met your Grandpa a few times, at your school events, and certainly appreciated his pride in his family. He was kind and courteous. We are thinking of you during this time.

From: Gene Skiba

To my former great neighbors , Orem you are a great memory and have great smiles to recall the times we had and such great stories and super laughs! Audrey I always recall the Swix, dog I had and you guys always watched out for him!! I hope you all have peace and trust dads with the greatest folks and place, with the Lord! Peace be with your entire family ! Gene Skiba

From: Leeann Roemer (Hunt)
Gaylord, MI

Orem you will be missed, but thinking of you puts a smile on my face. Great memories of you growing up hanging out with Joey & Curtis. I will treasure my memories of the cabin at Black Lake and sliding down the stairs at your house and getting rug burn. Love Ya- May the Angels lead you into paradise!

From: Randy & Sandy Reszka

Our good neighbor Orem will truly be missed. A long good life. All the precious memories will be with us forever. Love our conversations about gardening, snow casting and how fast time flies. Love always from the Reszka family.

From: Heather Heydens-Gahir
Abu Dhabi, UAE,

To the Mero family- we are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Uncle Orem, but know that his days were filled with life, love and family. You have our deepest sympathy and warm thoughts in these difficult times.

From: Patti Swedren (Perry)
TAYLOR, Michigan

To the Mero family, I am deeply saddened by the news of your Dad's passing.I remember well the trips to Onaway, first experience with a leech.LOL also Orem telling the boys to quit picking on Joy. Will have good memories of the family. Love You, my deepest condolences

From: Bruce Moulton
Gaylord, Michigan

To the Mero family, I send my deepest condolences, I am full of fond memories of Orem and times at Black Lake with the Mero Family. RIP Orem Mero