Philip Warner Merry of Moberly passed away early Saturday morning, December 26, 2020 at Moberly Regional Hospital after losing his fight against the COVID virus. He was born October 5, 1936 in Rome NY to Frederick Warner and Mildred Lenora (Brown) Merry.
He married Marilyn Ruth Dow on July 11, 1959 in Poughkeepsie NY and she survives of the home. Also surviving include daughter Patricia Dallas-Johnston (Terry) of Wood Heights MO, Catherine Pogue (James) of Independence MO; four grandchildren: Joshua Dallas (Felicia) Pleasant Hill MO, Brianna Dallas-Young (Riley) Shawnee KS, Sara Pogue and Dylan Pogue, both of Independence MO; 3 step-grandchildren; a brother Joseph Merry of Whispering Pines NC, brother-in-laws Warren Dow (Marie) Poughkeepsie NY, Richard Dow (Carol) Debary FL and 5 nieces and nephews.
Philip attended Syracuse University where he obtained a degree in chemical engineering. Upon graduation he went to work for DuPont de Nemours, Inc. and remained with the company until his retirement. Eventually DuPont brought the family to Moberly in 1971.
His interests included golf, gardening, wood working, fishing, genealogy, and antique automobiles. He could be seen tooling around town and in the homecoming and Christmas parades driving his 1966 red Mercedes convertible. Philip’s great grandfather emigrated from Germany as a child and indentured servant who put himself through college to become a respected business owner. Philip honored his great grandfather’s legacy of citizenship by being a staunch republican and active in various political campaigns and community causes.
He served on the board of the Randolph County Sheltered Workshop and was active in several community organizations including the Spartans Booster Club, MACC Greyhound Booster Club, Randolph Area Pachyderm Club, the Veterans Honor Flight, and was the co-founder of the Moberly Veterans Flag Project in Oakland Cemetery. Philip considered the veteran flag project one of his greatest achievements. He was a member of the congregation at New Hope Methodist Church in Clark.
Please add that in lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorial donations be made to the Moberly Veterans Flag Project: VFW Post 2654, C/O Moberly Veterans Flag Project, PO Box 1, Moberly, MO 65270.
Services honoring Philip’s life were held in the Cater Funeral Home Chapel. Committal prayer and entombment followed at the Resurrection Mausoleum.