James W. Merrick

Born: Wednesday, August 10, 1938
Passed: Friday, September 7, 2018

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James W. Merrick, 80, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018 in his home. Born on August 10, 1938, in Earlville, Iowa, the son of Russell and Mary Ella (Burrow) Merrick. Graduate of Earlville High School, Class of 1956. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. James married Lorena M. Hartsfield on July 28, 1984 in Rockford. He was owner of Camelot Stylists from 1966 to April 2016. James was a member of Kiwanis.
Survived by his wife, Lorena; son, James D. Merrick of Rockford; daughters, Laura Clark of Rockford and Ramona Ullman of Muscatine, IA; step-son's, Tayden ( Angel) Hartsfield, Ben (Kelly) Hartsfield, and Jeremy Hartsfield; granddaughters, Melissa (Brian) Arnold of Loves Park and Meagan (Chris) Weber of Fitchberg, WI; great-grandson, Samus Arnold; step-granddaughter's, Karsyn, Khloe, Paige, and Katelyn Hartsfield, step-grandson, Carter Hartsfield; sisters, Donna Shutt of Irvine, CA and Barb McElligott of Surprise, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; brother, "Ruddy" Merrick; and sister, Arleen Fox.
Private family burial with military honors in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Journey Care Hospice, Foundation, 483 N. Mulford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107.

Condolences & Shared Memories (15)

  1. Debbie Sitzman

    Benjamin and I will Love, and miss you forever. Sorry we didn't get to see you at your funeral. We will visit anyway. Xo.

  2. Amy Boeselager Nickel

    Deepest sympathies to you Jimmy, Laurie, and Ramona, and to your family. Your dad was always a very kind neighbor on Lynnwood St. So very sorry for your loss.

  3. Paul Mollway

    My sincere sympathies to Lorena and Jim's family. I thoroughly enjoyed the many conversations with Jim as a long-time client. I miss him.

  4. Gloria (CSH Advisory Board)

    Lorena and Family, I am so very sorry to read of your loss. Should you need for anything...I am only a phone call away. God's Blessings and Peace, to you and yours. With love and respect always, Gloria (Bergstrom)

  5. Mike Loftus

    Lorena; My deepest condolence. Jim was a wonderful, talented man. I know the years and dreams you shared were his happiness. Take care /mike

  6. Tom Fox

    Neither my cousin Michael nor I had brothers. We looked upon Uncle Jim as a big brother. The times we had with him on our grandparents; farm left a lasting impression on us. Our memories of those times are the fondest memories of our childhood. The times that we spent jumping in the hay mow with him, his squirting us with milk while he was milking a cow, cruising in his 47 Chevrolet convertible, and his having us ride one of Bumpy's calves are just a few of the memories that are dear to my heart. Michael left us two years ago and now Jim. Although we no longer have them with us I will always hold their memories close to my heart. Rest in Peace Brother

  7. Jon Russell

    Lorena, my prayers are with you and the family. I always admired Jim and the ability he had to get things done.

  8. Patti Keller

    Lorena and family, Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I miss running into him at his shop or at lunch in cafeteria. Been too many years since we did county dancing together. My deepest condolences.

  9. John France

    Sad to hear about Jim's passing. My condolences to his wife and family. I have many fond memories of Jim who I met through Alpine Kiwanis and got to know as my barber for 30+ years.

  10. Archie Millotte

    My condolences, Lorena and the Merrick family. From 1973 to 2016----I sat in Jim's barber chair every three weeks. Both being veterans, we shared many memories of our military service and membership of Kiwanis. Lorena, I hope to see you at Rochelle's plant sale in May. Warmest regards----------------Arch

  11. Bill and Reenie Murley

    Lorena and family, We are very sorry to hear of Jim's passing and wish to send condolences to all. He was a good, kind, hard-working man, and a wonderful neighbor. So sorry for your loss.

  12. John Girgenti

    I've known Jim for over thirty years. He was a wonderful friend, always there to help or share information with me and others regarding tenants and being a landlord. We were both in the Hairstyling business as well. He was a very energetic guy, good-natured and pretty much always in a good mood. I'm going to miss him. John Girgenti

  13. Sandy Fox` Cryder

    I'm so saddened to learn of the loss of Uncle Jim. I was such a lively conversationalist. He lived with us I. My childhood home in Davenport Iowa while he was attending barber school after his military service. I so looked up to him when I was a child as he always had something interesting going on. I have a strong memory of his old movie projector and the one movie he owned (a comedy about a woman trying to roast a turkey). I'm so sorry Jim's final years were marred by dementia. Having gone through that with my husband, I saw first hand how it sucks away the very essence of their personality. You have my condolences.

  14. Debbie Sitzman

    I will miss you so much. You were a lovely uncle. I cannot give my gratitude enough, for having you in my life..I love you.

  15. Bobbie McElligott

    Here's to you little brother, rest in peace. I will always have fond memories of you as we were growing up even though you could be such a pain sometimes. I'll always love you and hope to see you in a better place. Love, your sister Bobbie.

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