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Warren Franklin Merritt Jr., affectionately known as Skeeter by friends and family, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the age of 84.

Merritt was a native of Galveston and a resident of Llano, Texas since 1993. He was born December 31, 1927 to Warren Franklin Merritt Sr. and Mildred (Hay) Merritt in Temple, Texas. Skeeter was a graduate of Ball High School in Galveston, an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. In 1955, he became employed with Union Carbide, retiring in 1991 after 36 years. His job with Carbide gave him the opportunity to live and make many friends in Texas, Louisiana, and West Virginia. However, his happiest years were spent during his retirement at his home on the Llano River, a place where he declared he would spend the rest of his life. Since moving to Llano in 1993, he has been a member of Grace Episcopal Church, where he was involved in the Cursillo Movement, Kairos Prison Ministry, and numerous other church related activities.

He was past chairman of Llano New Horizons, a member of the Llano Noon Lions Club, and a Meals on Wheels volunteer, to name just a few of his many activities and achievements. He was most recently an enthusiastic supporter and participant in Caregiverís Day Out in Llano. Skeeter was an avid football fan, a supporter of Llano High School Yellow Jackets, University of Texas Longhorns and the Green Bay Packers.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Frances Hische Merritt of Llano, Texas; one daughter, Lynn Merritt Gaudet and husband Steve Gaudet of St. Francisville; three sons, David Warren Merritt and wife Elaine Jackson of Amargosa Valley, Nevada, Michael Sidney (Mickey) Merritt of Houston, Texas and Edward Kelly Merritt of South Charleston, West Virginia; one sister, Lois Merritt Odell and husband Jack of Stephenville, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Norman Merritt, and by his parents Reverend Warren Franklin Merritt, Sr. and Mildred Hay Merritt.

A memorial service was held at Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 5, 2012, and a reception followed at Grace Episcopal Church in Llano, Texas. A private burial followed.

Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 1200 Oatman Street, Llano, Texas 78643.

Cremation arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano, Texas. E-mail condolences may be sent to or you may log onto for online condolences.

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