Danny Merwin, 72

Published 10:08pm Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Danny Merwin, 72
Born: Sept. 17, 1939


Died: July 30, 2012

Danny E. Merwin, 72, of Dowagiac, passed away on Monday July 30, 2012 at Lakeland Hospital in Niles.

Danny’s life began Sept. 17, 1939, in Dowagiac, the son of Orrin and Mary Louise (Bower) Merwin. He was a graduate of Dowagiac Central High School. Danny served his country in the United States Navy from 1957 until 1961.

He was united in marriage to the former Claudette Dudley on July 12, 1962, in Dowagiac.

Danny was a welder for 39 years at Commercial Welding. He loved to fish and hunt and to spend time with friends and family. Danny was a regular at “community discussion” time at McDonald’s, where the group would solve the world’s problems. He enjoyed going to area stock car races and attending local steam engine shows.

His loving family includes his wife of 50 years, Claudette Merwin of Dowagiac; children, Derrick (Marci) Merwin of Union, Beth (Jason) Bowers of Dowagiac, William  (Roni) Merwin of Dowagiac and Danette (Larry) Merwin of Tyner, Ind.; grandchildren, Cherrell and Crystal Merwin of Dowagiac, Savannah, Christine and Amber Gonder of South Bend, and Torry Merwin of Dowagiac; great-grandson, Dylan Merwin of Dowagiac; brother, Bill (Judy) Merwin of Dowagiac; sisters, Nancy Hudson of Florida, Celia Harrington and Jane Ferrier, both of Dowagiac.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marie Merwin; and brothers, Tom and David Merwin.

Private graveside services will be held at a late date.

Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the family in care of Claudette Merwin.

Yazel and Clark Chapel is serving the family. Sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Danny at www.yazel-clark.com.

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