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Obituary: John Merritt former principal of St. James White Oak

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John Edward Merritt, Jr. beloved husband of the late Beverly Roettinger Merritt for 59 years before her passing in January 2014. Devoted father of Jennifer K. (Greg) Duncan, John E. (Jackie) Merritt III, Nicole M. (Jim) Wheeler, Matthew A. Merritt, Christina E. Merritt, Joseph A. Merritt (Shannon) and Patrick D. (Jenni) Merritt. Loving grandfather of Gregory (engaged to Samantha Billinghurst) and Zach Duncan, Morgan (engaged to Taylor Clem), Courtney and John E. Merritt IV, Brittany and Greg Angilecchia, Samantha and Jake Bresnen and Jimmy Wheeler, Randy, Felicia, Renee, and Zach, Griffin and Nathan Merritt. Great-grandfather to Jaxson, Warner, Oliver Angilecchia, Elijah Clem and Zoey Pandolfo. Dear brother of the late Marie (late Earl) Nagel, dear uncle of Denny (Nancy) Nagel, Dave (Debby) Nagel and their families and dear cousin of Mary Pat Werner. Died Jan. 13, 2020. Age 87.

Born to John and Irene Merritt on January 21,1932, John grew up in the South Cumminsville neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. John began his career at the B&O Railroad. He was a Marine Corp veteran and John eventually earned two Bachelors Degrees and a Masters Degree. He was a teacher and then a principal at Colerain Elementary and then served as principal of St. James School of White Oak from 1973 until his retirement in 1998. During his time at St. James, the school was recognized numerous times on a national level, including earning the first two of the now four National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards that St. James has achieved.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 16th from 4:00 – 7:00PM at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home 5527 Cheviot Road (45247). Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.. at St. James the Greater Church 3565 Hubble Road (45247). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John Merritt Scholarship Fund at St. James Grade School White Oak, 6111 Cheviot Road (45247).

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