Merlin E. Shade age 92, of Delphos died 2:22 a.m. Friday September 20, 2013 at his residence. He was born September 28, 1920 in Mansfield, Ohio to William Edward and Grace Hardin Shade, who preceded him in death. He married Nan B. Barnhard Aug. 19, 1951 and she survives in Delphos.
Mr. Shade retired from public education where he at worked in Cincinnati and finished up as a principle at Van Wert Lincolnview School. He was a graduate of Lima Shawnee High School class of 1939 and went on to earn bachelor and master degrees from Bowling Green University. He served in the US Army Air Corp during WW II where he earned the rank of Cpl. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church Delphos and the Delphos Masonic Lodge 214. He had earned his 32nd degree and was also a member of the Scottish Rite of Dayton. He was a charter member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he joined the Elmer C. Brown Wall of Fame in 1997.
Survivors include 4 sons: Nile Edward (Daren) Shade of Eldridge, Iowa, Gary Robert Shade of Mountain View, CA, Donn William (Natalie) Shade of Clayton, Ohio and Mark Thomas Shade of Lake Tahoe, CA and 2 grandchildren: Charlotte & Ethan Shade.
He was preceded in death by 4 sisters: Argyle Davis, Lucille Marshall, Donna Shaw and Evelyn Petro, an infant brother Otis Shade.
The family will receive friends 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Sunday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville and graveside services will follow at Fairmount Cemetery near Uniopolis.
Memorial contributions may be given to The American Cancer Society or to The Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm