Curtis Lee Merrix


Curtis Lee Merrix, 89, of Wadsworth, OH, transitioned from this life to return home to heaven on Sunday, January 28, 2024, with his daughter, Michelle and husband Kevin by his side.  He got to enjoy all of his kids with him Friday evening with laughs and a good breakfast the next morning.  He passed peacefully as he deserved just 24 hours later.  Together again, he joins his wife, Dorothy Merrix, and son Terry Merrix, including those who have gone before him.

Born and raised in beautiful Pembroke, VA, with many fond memories, he went on to join the U.S. Army.  He then came to the Akron area looking for work and met his wife Dorothy, settling in Wadsworth, OH, almost 70 years ago.

He loved the Cleveland “Indians” enjoying great seats with his granddaughter, Jacklyn and her husband, Kevin, on many trips to the stadium in the private “Tribe” loge.  He was ready for every game possible to watch and ready for the home opener.  He was a Browns fan and Ohio State football fan – especially all games he got to watch with his family cheering them on.  He enjoyed bowling for years on the Saturday night league with his wife, Dorothy and many friends, as well as years of Saturday nights at the Moose Club and Eagles Club.  A member of the American Legion and VFW for years.

Curtis enjoyed the simple life of family, friends and sitting outside in nature as well as working in his workshops.  He was known as one of the sweetest, easy-going souls you could ever meet.  He was a truly good man loved by so many and held in high regard.  His smile lit up every room entered.  He would help anyone he could and had a known calm demeanor about him everyone enjoyed.

He lived with his daughter, Michelle, and son-in-law, Kevin, his last years as they spent days in Amish Country, going out to eat and enjoying every minute of his humor.  He was an avid YMCA member as he walked and lifted light weights to keep him strong up until just two weeks before his passing.  He was spoiled by his family in his golden years as he deserved every bit of it.  A true pleasure to cherish as a rarity of such a loving person.  He was a gift.

He will be missed greatly.  He left many life lessons to all of his kids and those who knew him.  To know Curtis was to know a person you never forget.  To all the kids and their friends he was known as Poppy.

He was preceded in death by his wonderful parents Okie and Lelia Merrix of Pembroke, VA.  His wife, Dorothy Merrix, son Terry Merrix, brother Melvin Merrix and sister Eloise Cahill and nephew Michael Cahill.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Merrix (Kevin Gowens), granddaughter, Jacklyn Dean (Kevin), great grandchildren, Tyler, Liam, Kingston, Isabelle, Ethan and Brycen.  Nephews Glenn, Rocky, and Joe Cahill and nieces Sandra and Wanda Cahill.  A special thank you to friend Lila Duka who she and her beloved husband, Paul, were best of friends with Curtis and Dorothy for 50 years.

It was the request of Curtis that a private service be held for the immediate family only.

The family asks that your contribution be made by smiling at everyone you can today and any day for Curtis.  Say hello to spread your positive light into the world like he did.  Don’t worry about anything knowing that everything will be okay.  Know you can’t control other people so don’t bother yourself with that.  Come from a place of love in your life, be kind, as was his example and simply do your best.