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“Our deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and family at this sad time. We have many happy memories of Smitty.Don & Jean Rynes ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: A friend

“Smitty has now reached his final crew rest and we will miss him, but know that he is in a better place; maybe in a cockpit looking over the shoulder...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Harry Heist - Dover, DE

“My deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and the family. Smitty is much in my thoughts and prayers as he "flies west." It was a privilege to know and to...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Don Wolpert - White Marsh, VA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we send God's Peace to your family. We hold many sweet memories of Merlin that will stay with us...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Jim and Gail Bedore - Lafayette, LA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Gayle Moyers - Lafayette, LA


Merlin passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Merlin was a resident of Louisiana at the time of passing.

A member of ROTC, he then joined the Air Force as a commissioned officer, eventually pursuing pilot training which segued into flying multi-engine planes transporting troops and cargo from Dover Air Force Base to the European Theatre and the Belgium Congo.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in the Sunrise Chapel at Walters Funeral Home. A rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 15. The family requests visitation be held from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Visitation at the Walters Funeral Home from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on January 15, 2018. Monday January 15, 2018 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Walters Funeral Home 2424 N University Ave Lafayette, LA 70507 Recitation of the Rosary Monday January 15, 2018 6:00 PM Walters Funeral Home 2424 N University Ave Lafayette, LA 70507 Tuesday January 16, 2018 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM Walters Funeral Home 2424 N University Ave Lafayette, LA 70507 Tuesday January 16, 2018 11:00 AM Sunrise Chapel Tuesday January 16, 2018 12:00 PM Walters Funeral Home 2424 N University Ave Lafayette, LA 70507 Visitation at the Walters Funeral Home from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on January 15, 2018.

The family is requesting that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston Street, Suite 200; Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. or Hometown Heroes.

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