Blake A. Merritt

Blake A. Merritt, 55, of Steamburg, N.Y., died unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at UPMC Hamot Medical Center Erie, Pa., from a sudden illness.

He was born Nov. 27, 1957, in Corry, Pa., the son of the late Carlyle “Carl” and Nancy Miles Merritt.

Blake was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked as a general contractor, and he loved hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors.

Surviving are four brothers: Steven Merritt, Zeck Merritt, Zach Merritt and Jason Bowers; three sisters: Sonya Lea Merritt, Lola Merritt and Kelley Bowers; a son, Jason; several stepchildren; and two uncles: Harold (Liz) Miles and Eugene (June) Merritt.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Lillie Porter Merritt.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lind Funeral Home, where full military honors will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday by members of the Jamestown Vietnam Veterans Association.

Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society or the Disabled American Veterans.

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