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Gerald E. Merryfield

Gerald E. Merryfield

February 9, 2019

Gerald Everett Merryfield of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, passed away on February 9, 2019, surrounded by his family. Jerry was born in Wild Rose, Wisconsin on December 14, 1936 to Lester and Lucille (Evans) Merryfield. After graduating from Wild Rose High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for four years in the Military Police. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart Ellen Straw.

Jerry and Ellen moved to Eau Claire where they operated Eau Claire Toyland for 6 years.  Jerry then worked for Walter Brewery for five years. He then spent 30 years at the Eau Claire Press Company; the last 20 years as the advertising director.


Jerry was very active in the community and belonged to a number of organizations including; Jaycees, Board of Realtor's, National and State Newspaper Associations, DNR Conservation Congress, Eau Claire Home Builders’ Association, Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, 3rd Degree Mason and Momentum 21.  He also served as the Seymour Town Chairman and was very active in his church.


 Jerry was an avid hunter and sportsman. He enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips to Northern Wisconsin, Canada, North Dakota, Colorado and Montana, where he was always surrounded by his sons, grandsons and friends. Although these trips will continue, his jokes and stories will be greatly missed.


Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Ellen; and his three children, Rickey (Mindy) Merryfield, Debora (Ernie) Reynolds all of Eau Claire, and Michael (Anne) Merryfield of Tomahawk. He is further survived by 10 grandchildren, Jessica (Amy), Meghan (John), Eric (Ashley), Jason, Cassie (Tony), Allie, Becca (Bryce), Emily, Kristin and Kaydon. He also leaves behind seven great grandchildren, Oliver, Samuel, Flynn, Aurora, Alexander, Max and Luci. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Keith, Boyd and Phyllis.


Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Chapel Heights United Methodist Church, 300 E Hamilton Ave. Eau Claire. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at church. A Celebration of Life will follow at the VFW Club on 1300 Starr Ave in Eau Claire.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Joseph’s Home Health & Hospice Care.


Chippewa Valley Cremation Services—Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family.


One hour prior to the service at church


11 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Chapel Heights United Methodist Church 300 E. Hamilton Ave in Eau Claire

Florist Information

All flowers should be delivered to the church on Feb 16 by 9 a.m.


  • Kim Ganther Truly sorry for your loss...Kim

    February 20 at 7:34am

  • Lisa Rossano So sorry for your loss he was a good man good friends with my dad He will be mised

    February 15 at 9:52am

  • Alvin Lechleitner I send my sincere condolences and thoughts to your family on the loss of Jerry. I have so many fond memories of your family when I was principal of McKinley School. Marcia and I have appointments up north and had hoped to be there for you during this difficult time. Be assured your family will be on our minds with wishes for strength and positive memories of what Jerry brought and meant to your family and others..

    February 15 at 12:56am

  • Robert GRAYSON Ellen and Family,
    We were just talking about you a couple days ago and wondering how you two were doing. Hadn't heard any "gossip" lately and now, we are so sorry to hear about Gerry.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!!
    Doc and Lou

    February 14 at 11:02AM

  • Shelley (Skinvik) Vinopal So sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a great boss the years I worked for him at the Leader Telegram. His sense of humor always made a work day less stressful. The entire Merryfield family is in my thoughts and prayers during this very sad time.

    February 14 at 12:28AM

  • John Donner Very sorry for your loss. Think of you every time we go to the East end of Pigeon Lake and at the annual property owners association meeting.

    February 13 at 9:04PM

  • Brenda Anderson-Moser and Anderson Family I'm so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Take comfort in all of your memories. I know you have a close family that shared so much.

    February 13 at 6:16PM

  • Carol Fawcett Dear Ellen, Reading of Gerry's death brings back memories of good times when you lived on North Shore Drive. And even here in Florida we had some visits. You were dear people.
    I pray you will be comforted by God's steadfast love and care.
    Loving wishes to you and Rick and Debbie and Michael.
    Carol Fawcett

    February 13 at 4:35PM

  • Steve Secker Rick & Mindy,
    So very sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Steve Secker

    February 13 at 4:27PM

  • Bob & Janet Darling Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one. He was special. Prayers and Love. Bob and Jan

    February 13 at 12:58PM

  • Phillip and Barbara Fey Dear Ellen and Family,

    We are saddened by your loss of Jerry,
    We are blessed to have had him in our lives!
    So many wonderful memories of our Jaycee days and long time friendship, never to be forgotten.
    Our prayers and love to all of you,
    Phil “Flip” and Barb Fey

    February 13 at 12:23PM

  • PAMELA ( BISCHOFF ) KIFFE Sorry to hear of Jerrys passing , I worked for him in the 80s at the leader telegram his was the best boss I ever had and I remember his jokes as well . the family is in my thoughts and prayers .

    February 13 at 11:30AM

  • Deb Machmeier To the Merryfield family,
    He was a great guy. May you find comfort knowing he is now with the Lord. My deepest sympathy,
    Deb Machmeier

    February 13 at 11:00AM

  • Brady Holt I was never apart of the family, but Jerry and Ellen always made me feel like I was. The world lost an amazing dominos player and great person. I won’t be forgetting him anytime soon and still wish we had one more game together.

    February 13 at 8:11AM

  • Bill Solie Of all the people I’ve known throughout my lifetime Jerry was one of the best. He was not only a great boss but was just a fantastic and wonderful human being. He will be greatly missed. Bill Solie

    February 13 at 5:56AM

  • Cathy adn Wayne Gamrath So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. He started coming to my family's Montana ranch in the '50s and continued for many, many years. We always looked forward to his hunting trips and his great sense of humor. We enjoyed the Eau Claire bunch, who always had a great time, regardless of whether or not they took home any deer. Ellen, I'm sorry that none of our family will be able to attend his service, but our thoughts are with you.

    February 12 at 1:04PM

  • STEVEN SVIHOVEC Tell we meet again my friend, rest in peace. Your in my prayers.

    February 11 at 5:06PM

  • Susie Moe Ellen I am so sorry for your loss. I always admired the way that Jerry handled everything. Love you and will keep you and your family in my prayers

    February 10 at 8:42PM

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