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Sam Merrill's obituary

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Merrill, Samuel R. Jr.

Saginaw, Michigan.

Beloved husband, father, son and brother passed away suddenly Thursday, February 25, 2016. Age 55 years. He was born February 7, 1961 in Cumberland, Maryland, and spent his boyhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Livonia, Michigan; and Plymouth, Michigan. Sam graduated from Central Michigan University. He married Katherine (Katy) Rau, his loving wife of 11 years, on September 18, 2004. She survives him. Sam was a veteran anchor and journalist at WNEM TV-5 for 25 years. In that time, he dedicated his work and free time to the community he called home. Sam acquired his political knowledge through his deep love of reading. He carefully applied what he learned about the political process to his news stories, making it easier for his viewers to understand. If there was a political story to be told, TV-5 clearly leaned on Sam to tell it. Among emceeing hundreds of community events, Sam gave especially to children’s needs through hosting the annual MDA Telethon and Turnaround Achievement Awards and involvement with the CAN Council. Sam also was involved with the Saginaw Downtown Rotary and Habitat for Humanity. He was a proud member of Steeler Nation.

Surviving besides his wife Katy are his son, James; his mother, Wanda Araiza, LaVale, Maryland; his father, Samuel R. Merrill and his wife Cid, Scottsdale, Arizona; father-in-law and mother-in-law Ray and Louise Rau, Frankenmuth, Michigan; a sister, Debra (Bradley) Lare, Jeffersonton, Virginia; a brother, Kevin (Kathleen) Merrill, Ottawa Hills, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Allegra (Michael) Burch, Shelby Township, Michigan; and eight dear nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service will take place Tuesday, March 1, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Bishop Joseph Cistone and Rev. Fr. William Rutkowski will officiate. There will be no visiting hours at the funeral home. Friends may visit at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 6400 McCarty Rd. (between Lawndale and Hospital Roads), where the family will receive friends on Sunday, Feb. 28, and Monday, Feb. 29, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to James Alexander Merrill, c/o Franklin Templeton, Financial Investment Services, 17628 Oakwood Drive, Spring Lake, Michigan, 49456, to support his son’s college education.   

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