Joseph Stephen Merlo, Sr.
June 4, 1932  -  April 18, 2017

Joseph Stephen Merlo, Sr.


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Tabernacle Baptist Church
115 West 11th Street
Roswell, NM  88201
Sunday, April 23, 2017
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Tabernacle Baptist church
115 West 11th Street
Roswell, NM  88201
Monday, April 24, 2017
11:00 AM
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General Douglas McBride Veterans Cemetery-South Park
3101 South Main Street
Roswell, NM  88203
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I served in the Army.

Joseph Stephen Merlo, Sr. was born in North Babylon, New York on June 4, 1932 to Peter Louis (Pietro Luigi) Merlo and Catherine Mikula Merlo and peacefully passed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on April 18, 2017. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 115 W. 11th Street, Roswell, NM. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Roswell, NM, with Pastor Jerry Beaver officiating, assisted by Associate Pastor Jason Perry. Interment will follow at General Douglas McBride Veterans Cemetery. Military Honors rendered by the Roswell Veterans Honor Guard and the Patriot Riders.
Joe met the love of his life, Janet Carol Lush in Brentwood, Long Island, NY and they were married May 29, 1952. She survives him of the family home. He is also survived by his daughters Debra Allen and her husband Tom of Roswell, NM, Cathy Henderson and her husband Richard of Roswell, NM, sons Joseph Merlo Jr., and his wife Janice of Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, and Pete Merlo and his wife Tamera of Roswell, NM. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren, Brandon Davenport and his wife Jennifer of Iowa, Ryan Davenport and his wife Kate of Roswell, Steven Henderson and his fiancé Heather Porreca of NJ, Kim Henderson Serrano and her husband Brian of TX, April Merlo of OK, James Merlo and his wife Grace of OK, David and his wife Emi of Bahia Blanca, Argentina and Ian Merlo of Roswell. He is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, brother Sam Merlo of NY, sisters Frances Marshall of Italy, Mildred Fink and her husband Cy of NY and Joan Hulse and her husband Howard of NY.
Dad tried out as a pitcher for the New York Yankees in 1952 and was told to come back the next year. However, in December 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served his country for 20 years, and was honorably discharged March 31, 1973. Shortly after his retirement from the Army, he moved to Roswell, NM. Dad served one year in Vietnam receiving the Bronze Star, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, as well as other Army Commendation Medals. Dad also went to Vietnamese Language School in Monterey, CA prior to his tour of duty in Vietnam. He also served in Japan, Okinawa and 3 tours in Germany.
After moving to Roswell in 1973, he owned and operated the Alta Vista Clock Shop where he built and repaired German style wall clocks with imported German clock movements and was known around SE New Mexico as the Clock Repairman.
In the spring of 1977, Dad received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Personal Savior and served as the Bus Director at Gateway Baptist Church for many years before becoming the Bus Director at Tabernacle Baptist Church in the later 80’s. Dad has led hundreds of children to the Lord, as well as their parents over his many years serving the Lord. His greatest love was sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Ryan and Brandon Davenport, Ian Merlo, James Merlo, Brian Serrano and son-in-law Richard Henderson. Honorary Pallbearers are Steven Henderson, Onsy Whicker, Tim Gum, Gene Wolf, Hawk Boardman, Mel Young, John Davis and all past and present bus workers.

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  1. Georgianna Hunt
    Roswell, NM

    I was very saddened to learn of Mr. Merlo's passing. I was a "bowling alley brat" who spent a great deal of time at the Red Rooster Lanes because my father, Ronnie Fix, was an avid bowler. Mr. Merlo was there a lot as well and I have many memories of him always smiling, and of how nice he was to all of us kids that were running around there. Please know that we will have you and your families in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  2. CHARLIE & DIANE SPARNON
    ROSWELL, NM

    OUR SYMPATHIES ON YOUR LOSS OF JOE. HE WAS A TRUE GENTLEMAN. WE PRAY THAT YOUR TEARS ARE TEARS OF JOY IN REMEMBERING HIS LEGACY.

    'GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM THEIR EYES; AND THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH; NEITHER SORROW, NOR CRYING, NEITHER SHALL THERE BE ANY MORE PAIN; FOR THE FORMER THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY."

  3. William & Kathleen Lush
    Cypress, TX

    To my uncle Joe who I loved dearly and will miss the rest of my life. He was good man and taught me the meaning of hard work. But more importantly was a man of god, responsible for saving hundreds of people including myself. I love you uncle Joe!

  4. Linda Gregory
    Milton, DE

    My dear Uncle Joe, what a gift to us all!
    I have so many wonderful memories of times spent with him and our families. he taught all of us how to be good people. Oh how he loved to serve the Lord, his family and his country!
    I'm sure that he heard these words when he met Jesus, Mathew 25:23.
    Until we meet again! xo

  5. Mike Caddell
    Lubbock, TX

    Sorry to hear about Joe going home but looking forward to seeing him again one day. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love ya'll

  6. Bill and Kate Brown
    Roswell, NM

    Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  7. Kim Serrano
    Odessa, TX

    I will always remember your passion to lead others to Christ, a great legacy to be left behind. You have left a forever mark on SO many people. I'm so glad God allowed us to say goodbye. I love you grandpa!

  8. Chris Castillo
    Springfield, MO

    A man who chose to be used for the Lords work. He worked diligently week after week to head up the bus ministry and reach the lost. His compassion for seeing the lost come to Christ was unquestionable. Because of this, my family has been forever changed through our relationship with Jesus Christ. We are grateful for his sacrifice and the eternal difference it has made!

  9. Phil King
    Knoxville, TN

    A great man of God.

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