Duane F. Merrill


Duane F. Merrill, 91, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 24, 1926, he was the son of Frederick and Frances Merrill.

He was an Army Ranger serving in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Duane was a research chemist for General Electric Silicone in Waterford for 42 years.

Duane was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs and sang in the church choir. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Barbara and his brothers Frederick, Allen and Winford. Duane is survived by his son Jeffrey Merrill (Judith); grandchildren Sarah Lang and Jacob Merrill (Meghan); and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 23 from 6pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., and Wednesday, May 24 from 9:30am to 11:30am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. A service will be held at 11:30am Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Duane to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

Guest Book

Patricia Fox

Jeff - thinking about your Dad, and found the obituary. Duane was the nicest boss I ever had. He was such a mentor to me. Such a great teacher. We were such a great team at GE Silicones. He and your Mom will always hold a special place in my heart. Bless you Duane and thank you - Rest In Peace.

Wayne Arnold

Jeff & Judy - I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss of your Dad. My prayers are with you & your family. May they be wrong with the song "in heaven there is no beer". My Duane rest in peace with our heavenly father.

Laura Eadon

Papa and Nana, together again. What sweeter thought could bring as much comfort as that? He loved his family so much and was so proud of them all. God speed, Papa. Fly high.

Jon Rougie

Sarah I am so sorry to hear about your grandfathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.