Roger J. Merryfield

May 12, 1947 ~ June 27, 2020 (age 73)


Roger J. Merryfield 
Shelburne, VT

Roger J. Merryfield passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 27, 2020 with his wife, Priscilla, by his side.  He was born on May 12, 1947 to Ralph E. and Ruth I. (Therrien) Merryfield of Barre Town, VT.  

Roger was a graduate of Spaulding High School, class of 1965.   He loved his school and classmates, many of whom he has been able to reconnect with in his retirement years and enjoyed every minute of. 

He was very proud of his military service to his country in the Army and I am very proud of him as well.  He crashed in Vietnam in the Flying Crane, was severely injured and flown to Japan for 3 months of surgeries and recovery. We are all very lucky he recovered so well.

A true love story happened.  It was love at first sight on a beautiful summer night, August 10, 1968, at the Blue Tooth in Sugarbush, VT.  Two people found each other that night. Roger and Priscilla Steele were married September 20, 1968 and promised to each other forever and ever and 5 minutes more; ‘til death do us part. That was almost 52 years ago and every year has been special.

Roger had an extensive work history which included working for Chadwick- BaRoss, Inc. in East Montpelier, VT as general manager; Capital Cash Register in Montpelier, VT as general manager; Hammond Epco Business Systems as manager and sales representative for Keene Beverage in Keene, NH.

In his spare time, Roger enjoyed flying, fixed winged aircraft and helicopters.  He also loved cars and had an extensive knowledge of Mercedes Benz and Porsche. He loved good people, good food and especially good friends.  

Roger was bigger than life and was a loving, selfless husband.  He will be deeply missed, but greatly remembered. 

“I will always love you Roger, forever and ever and 5 minutes more.” 

Burial will be at a later date at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Randolph, VT. 

Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, c/o VA Medical Center and Regional Office, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT  05009

Arrangements are in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT.  

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Burial will be at a later date at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Randolph, VT.

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