David Vernon Merriken


Johnson City – Memorial Services for David Vernon Merriken, 68, will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Johnson City Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1910 East Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN, officiated by Pastor Paull Dixon. The family will receive friends and family on Saturday, July 29, 2017, from _4:00 – 5:00pm, then service will be from 5:00pm 6:00pm.
David Vernon Merriken passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Born in Toledo, Ohio, or as Dave said, “no place in particular!” He was the husband of Cheryl Virginia Neff Merriken, and the father of Elizabeth Ann Merriken (Connie Barron), Barbara Ann Merriken, Dakota William Merriken, and David Vernon Merriken, Jr.; Brother to Marcia Merriken Rose (Richard), Beth Merriken Mortali (Ronald), and granddaughter Kristen Elizabeth Presnell. He is survived by many loving family and friends.
Dave spent over 50 years in the Merchant Marines as an engineer, which is where he met his loving wife, Cheryl, sailing around the world over 30 times. Dave also had his Ships Captains license and earned his MBA. He was an active member of Johnson City Seventh Day Adventist Church. He enjoyed life and nature of the mountains and hiked the open trails numerous times with his family and 3 dogs. Dave was one of those rare persons that never met a stranger. He always lent a helping hand to anyone in need, a true fighter for the underdog. Per his son, Dakota, if you met him, you know how much of a gnarly, tough son of a gun he was, but he was also the kindest and most selfless person you’d ever want to know. Dave had a tremendous sense of responsibility and was a great provider for his family! He will be dearly missed! May he rest in peace!

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07-25-2017 David and Sandra Holt
Dear Cheryl, David and Dakota, We are saddened for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you face the days ahead. It won't be long before Jesus comes again and there will be no more death or sorrow! Until that time we must continue to be strong and blaze the trail that our precious loved ones blazed before us. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family.


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