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Bruce F. Merrick

January 6, 1947 - July 7, 2022
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Geisen Funeral, Cremation & Reception Centre
606 E. 113th Ave.
Crown Point, IN 46307
Tuesday 7/12, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Geisen Funeral, Cremation & Reception Centre
606 E. 113th Ave.
Crown Point, IN 46307
Tuesday 7/12, 4:00 pm

Bruce F. Merrick, age 75, of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Bruce is survived by his wife of 42 years, Diane Merrick; children: Suzanne (Michael) Michalski, Cassandra (James) Schmidt; grandchildren: Randy Merrick, Kaylin (Chris) Kocoj, Nate and Noah Fortener; great-grandchild, Summer Kocoj; oldest brother, Allen (Virginia) Merrick; twin brother, JerryContinue Reading

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Jon Steepleton left a message on September 3, 2022:
I have very fond memories of Bruce and Diane. Though over the years I lost contact with them I loved them dearly. Bruce was extremely talented and one of the nicest persons I had ever known. God Bless you all Jon
Mike Potocki left a message on July 14, 2022:
Diane, family, and friends - my sincerest condolences. Bruce was one of my closest friends from the early 1960s, as well as being my brother-in-law, and we were in three groups/bands together. Something of a music perfectionist, he had great respect for music, audiences, and a shared desire to make the best music possible. Along with our great drummer, Chuck Grey, who also left us way too early (1991), plus Jerry Webb, our young, but talented rhythm guitarist, we enjoyed pressing Bruce's buttons, yanking his chain with jokes and general tomfoolery to get him giggling. Bruce didn't giggle much, but we had him in stitches frequently. He pretended he didn't enjoy it. Bruce kept us grounded and focused with aplomb, and no matter where we performed, he was at his best. Although from Calumet City, he was inspired by great friends in our earliest group years in Highland, Indiana, and also later inspired a lot of young pups to pick up an instrument and make good music. He understood strengths and weaknesses, and did whatever it took to make the group, and individuals, a success. One example of Bruce's talents was for radio listeners, and our audience, when we performed an extended gig at radio station WOWO, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the latter part of 1966, which came soon after an extended, monumentally successful, three-day gig at Sand Lake, Michigan. Bruce beamed - he thought that the Sand Lake and WOWO gigs were our best performances, and by extension, his. He was as happy as I'd ever seen him. He was also very savvy. He knew groups didn't need national fame to make audiences happy, and dance until they dropped (and some at Sand Lake did just that). Farewell, my friend and fellow musician!
Dennis & Cindy Sheffield left a message on July 12, 2022:
Bruce was genuine, kind, and helpful. The neighborhood will not be the same without him keeping watch in his garage chair. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Larry OSullivan left a message on July 10, 2022:
Rest in Peace my old friend. My deepest condolences to his family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Erma Setlak left a message on July 8, 2022:
We will all miss Bruce. He was one of the most helpful people in our neighborhood. Prayers to you and your whole family. Your friends from Royal Hawk.
Geisen Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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