|Birth: ||Apr. 9, 1917|
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1998|
Joe Merritt was the 3rd child born to Joseph Henry & Nellie (Barrett) Merritt on Monday, April 9, 1917 In West Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Joe grew up between West Terre Haute & Taylorville living at 655 N Water Street on a houseboat along the Wabash River.
After Joe completed his freshman year at Gerstmeyer Technical High School at the age of 16 he joined the CCC Camp (Civilian Conservation Corps) to help his family. Joe was involved with State Park Camp (SP-8) in Vigo County, Indiana which was active 1937-1939 in Otter Creek Twp of Vigo County, Indiana. The camp was located where a 365 acre amusement park once stood before The Great Depression along Otter Creek.
In 1940 Joe lived with his parents at 1104 S 1st Street, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana working construction as a stone cutter. He married his sweetheart Annamae Flora in Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky on Saturday, September 21, 1940 with his mother Nellie Barrett Merritt, sister Sarah Merritt Johnson & brother in law Ed Johnson present.
Joe & Annamae lived with Joe’s parents at 1105 Harding Ave, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana until 1943. Their first born Joe Jr was born at 1105 Harding Ave & died here as well. In 1943 Joe & Annamae purchased their first home at 1325 Harding Ave., Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana with Annamae’s sister Mary Ann Flora Day & husband Arval Day living with them until 1950.
Joe & Annamae moved to 3333 N 23rd Street, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana in 1950 where they lived the remainder of their lives. Joe & Annamae always had a house full; with family surrounding them. Their door was always open to family near or far. They had 5 children with 4 living to adulthood.
Joe loved fishing at his cabin on the Wabash River, gardening, and family, telling jokes, laughing & singing short tunes. If you were in ear shot could hear him hum about his day. You couldn’t help but smile when Joe was around. He is dearly missed by family & friends.
Terre Haute Tribune – Joe Merritt, 81, of Terre Haute, died at 1:07 pm Monday, Oct 26, 1998, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. He was a retired truck driver & a laborer with Local 204. He was born April 9, 1917 in Terre Haute to Joseph Henry Merritt and Nellie Barrett Merritt. His wife, Annamae Flora Merritt died Sept 21, 1994. Survivors include two daughters & two sons, one sister, Gertrude Quinn; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Sarah E Johnson in 1973; and one brother Andrew J Merritt Sr in 1997. Services are 1 pm Thursday in DeBaun Idaho Street Chapel, with the Rev Andrew Merritt officiating. Burial is in Bethesda Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 pm Wednesday.
Joseph Henry Merritt (1876 - 1941)
Nellie Barrett Merritt (1880 - 1957)
Annamae Flora Merritt (1920 - 1994)*
Joe Merritt (1941 - 1941)*
Sandra Jean Merritt (1949 - 2000)*
Sarah Elizabeth Merritt Johnson (1905 - 1973)*
Joe Merritt (1917 - 1998)
Andrew Jackson Merritt (1918 - 1997)*
Gertrude Louise Merritt Quinn (1921 - 2008)*
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Record added: Dec 17, 2006
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