Thomas Richard “Rick” Merrill, age 71, loving husband, and father of 3 children, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2022, at Otsego Memorial Hospital.
Rick was born on February 27, 1951, in Petoskey, Michigan. He graduated from Petoskey High School class of 1969. He was a talented, self-taught, auto repair technician, and later owner of “Rick’s Auto Repair” until his retirement.
On November 16, 1974, he married the love of his life Sally, and they raised a son, Brian, and two daughters, Amanda and Brenda.
Rick enjoyed spending time on Otsego Lake fishing with his wife on their pontoon boat. He also developed a passion for motorcycles and long rides with friends to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Rick was preceded in death by his Grandson, Levi Coger.
He is survived by his wife, Sally; his three children, Brian (Debbie) Coger, of Gaylord, Michigan, Amanda Merrill, of Wolverine, Michigan, and Brenda (Dwight) Frazier, of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan; 6 siblings; his mother, Martha Baumgartner, of Boyne Falls, Michigan; and grandchildren, Julia, Angelia, Joshua, Whitney, Terry, Justine, and Tiffany; and several great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the American Cancer Society online at https://www.cancer.org/.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.