SALINA — Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, John Edward Merchant, age 75, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly May 25, 2019, in Richfield. He was born June 19, 1943, in Richfield, a son of John Charles and Winnie Marel Fullmer Merchant.
He graduated from Richfield High School, class of 1961. He served his country in the United States Air Force for four years, at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico in the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron.
Johnny married the love of his life, Paulla Raylene Andreason Sept. 6, 1968, in Salina.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, working as a scout leader and several other callings while serving in the Air Force.
He was a member of the Salina Riding Club and was president for several years.
He enjoyed hunting, horseback riding (he should have been born 100 years ago with the western cowboys), Salina Riding Club, tanning hides, sewing Native American Indian beadings, leatherwork, making belts and holsters, loved watching old western movies, but most of all, he loved his family and loved being with them.
Johnny is survived by his beloved wife, Paulla, Salina; two sons, Cody J. and JoLyne Merchant, Hyrum; Cheyenne and Christy Merchant, Salina; grandchildren, Alex M. Perry and Max V. Merchant, both Boise, Idaho; Cimmeron S. Merchant, Cody W. Merchant and Montana C. Merchant, all Hyrum; great-grandchildren, Cara Marie Giles and Sterling Tyler Perry, both Boise, Idaho; sisters, Sara A. Bodily, West Valley City; Debra S. Jolley, Emery; uncle, Gene Merchant, Monroe; and a cousin, Ronald Merchant, Phoenix, Arizona.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John Charles and Winnie Marel Merchant; and three siblings, Douglas Jay Merchant, Kathleen Merchant and Craig Royce Merchant.
Graveside services with military honors will be held Friday, June 7, at 11 a.m., in the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams Road in Bluffdale, under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina.
Online guestbook at springerturner.com.