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Merle Nicholas Shearer

Born: Thu., Mar. 20, 1941
Died: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Sun., Nov. 11, 2018
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

Memorial Service

4:30 PM Sun., Nov. 11, 2018
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

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Merle Nicholas Shearer, Jr. 77 of Buffalo Twp., died Thursday, November 1, 2018 of pancreatic cancer. He was born March 20, 1941 in Butler. A 1959 graduate of Butler High School, Merle earned a degree in electrical engineering from The University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, OH. He worked for McGraw Construction in Middletown, OH, The United States Postal Service in Wexford, Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge, and AK Steel Corporation in Butler. Mr. Shearer was an active member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Freeport, where he was a lector and served on the church council. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge #90 of Middleton, OH, and the Syria Shriners of Pittsburgh. He was especially proud of earning the rank of Eagle Scout at age 13. Merle enjoyed exploring new places and being the first down the ski slope. Collecting G gage trains was his passion. His train displays entertained many at his home and at Trinity Church. He built a log cabin in the Laurel Highlands. He loved sharing it with family and friends. His children and grandchildren were always a priority. Whenever possible, Merle was at every game and event in which they participated. He also considered himself fortunate to have made countless memories with many reading these words. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Eileen D. Bachman Shearer; two children, Beth D. (James) Clark of Harrod, OH and Aaron N. Shearer of Cabot; his three grandchildren, Dakota James, Kyra Delight, and Abbey Rose who were his pride and joy; two brothers, Jacob M. (Diane Greenert) Shearer of North Chesterfield, VA and Glenn R. (Marianne Fisher) of Butler; sister-in-laws, Joan Gold Bachman of Butler and Linda Miller Bachman of Inglis, FL, a brother-in-law, Glenn Cratty of Butler and a number of nieces and nephews. His parents, Merle N. and Marie R. Mangold Shearer of Butler, preceded him in death. At Merle's request, a private family visitation was held in the Redmond Funeral Home in Freeport. A Memorial Service will be held in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Freeport with Dr. Brent Allen, Rev. James Higgins, and the Rev. James Arter presiding Visitation at the church will begin at 2 p.m. and a memorial service will follow at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018. A dinner in the church social room will follow for those attending. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 323 Fifth St. Freeport, PA 16229.

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The Otterman Family
   Posted Fri November 02, 2018
To The Shearer Family
You are in our thoughts and Prayers and have our deepest sympathy. Merle was a dear friend and mentor. Rest in Peace

Dan ament
   Posted Fri November 02, 2018
Prayers going out to you and your family. God bless you all and my condolences for your family

Ed Vandevort
   Posted Sat November 03, 2018
My wife Joann and I offer our deepest thoughts, prayer and comfort to Eileen, Beth, Aaron, Family and friends for Merle's passing. He was a great friend and neighbor over the last 45 years here on Primrose Drive. I will always remember the neighborhood social gatherings we attended. Rest in Peace my friend !

Ed and Linda Smialowski
   Posted Sat November 03, 2018
Eileen, our deepest sympathy, prayers to you and your family. We will always remember our visit to the cabin. Merle was a special person , God bless .

Linda Bchman
   Posted Sat November 03, 2018
So sorry to hear of Merle's passing. You all have my deepest sympathy. God Bless.

Ray & Elaine Usell
   Posted Sun November 04, 2018
Dear Eileen:
You and your family have our deepest condolences. We fondly remember our "young marrieds" time together in the University of Cincinnati era of our lives and regret not being closer since then. Our dinner with you two in LA during your train tour made us realize what splendid times we'd missed. We take comfort looking forward to "catching up" with Merle once more.

Godspeed. Ray & Elaine Usell

Mrs Betty Daniels
   Posted Sun November 04, 2018
Jack, the Class of 1961 extends its sympathy for the loss of your brother, Merle.

Jamie (Booher)Strazzer
   Posted Sun November 04, 2018
Aaron, sorry for the loss of your father.

W. J.
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
Our condolences to the Family:
May your pain be lessened by the promise that our love ones can live again. Read these promises at Job 14:13;Isaiah 26:19; John 5:28,29 and John 11:11,14-44.

Kristen Pysh
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
I love and will miss you terribly. You made growing up on Primrose Dr. a truly happy place. Thank you for saving me when I crashed face first on your driveway and for always lighting the magical star on the mount at Christmas time. There are too many memories to recount but they will stay with me forever. Rest now. I’ll see you later.
With love,
Forever your Zeke

Donald & Virginia Shirey
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018
Don and I would like to add our sympathy at this time of your deep sorrow. We know of the difficult times you were going through and think of the things Merle would try to do, like regularly visiting our neighbor, Evelyn Hoak. She so appreciated that. All of you have been, and will continue to be, in our thoughts and prayers. People of faith do not walk alone on this journey, and we can be sustain by that thought. Most sincerely, Don and Virginia Shirey

Denny Ness
   Posted Mon November 05, 2018

Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Keep the happy times with him in your heart.

Denny and Phyllis Ness

Heather Heckman
   Posted Tue November 06, 2018
Eileen and family,

Heart felt condolences to you all. I pray your pain will be lessened by the promise that we will be reunited with our love ones in our heavenly home.
Our hugs and prayers are with you always!

With sincere sympathy,
Heather, Joshua and Emma Heckman

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