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Merton Royal Willard

November 10, 1927 - August 7, 2011


On August 7, 2011 Mr. Merton Royal Willard of St. Paul joined his wife in heaven at the age of 83 years. Mert began his military career in August, 1950 training as a cook. In 1954, he completed the Clerk Administrative training and continued to serve in this new capacity until his retirement in August, 1966. He served his country in Korea, Germany, Belgium and Eqypt. Merton was decorated with numerous medals and awards. In 1982, he returned to his military roots and joined the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. At retirement, he moved to St. Paul where he joined the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 100 and the Korean Veterans Association. He served on the Legion executive and was a dedicated Poppy Campaign volunteer, helping with speaking engagements and Remembrance Day contests at the local schools. Mr. Willard is survived by 1 daughter & 2 sons, Margaret (Guy) Laberge of St. Paul, Royal (Theresa) of Woodbridge, ON & Arthur (Amy) of Lacombe; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers & sisters, Kozey, Bonnie, Gwen (Wally), Dale (Joan), Maxine, Rhoda (Jack), Bud (Deanna), Karen (Emelien) & numerous nephews, nieces & their children. He was predeceased by his wife, Vera; parents, Jim & Bessie; sister, Jean; brother, Gerald; & brothers-in-law, Maurice & Jack. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Legion #100, St. Paul with Mr. Armand Laing officiating. Cremation has taken place. If desired, donations may be made to St. Paul & Community Family Benefit c/o Box 1780, St. Paul, AB. T0A 3A0. GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL Box 1780, St. Paul, AB (780) 645-2677.


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Leroy & Vickie Smith
Relation: A very good friend

Had we known of Mert`s passing, we would definetly have attended the memorial service in his honour. His presence at the Legion will surely be missed.To all his family, our most sincere condolences.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 12, 2011
Beginning at 2:00pm

St. Paul Legion # 100

St. Paul, AB Canada

St. Paul, AB Canada

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