The world is short one wonderful illustration of the way people should live life and treat others. The light of Larry Merriam left this earth on August 15, 2018. Larry was born to Robert and Naomi Merriam on August 9, 1943 in Zanesville, Ohio. Larry is survived by his wife Kaye, son Christopher of Norman, OK, daughter Lara (Ed) Smith and granddaughter Estella Smith of Ferndale, WA. He leaves behind one sister Becky (Larry) Updyke of Springfield, Ohio; brothers Richard (Susan) Merriam of Jacksonville, Florida; Robert Merriam of Rippon, CA and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Luckily for those interested in past cultures, his now suddenly-free time was used to write “The Spiro Mound: a photo essay” with son Chris, a book based on very early photographs taken by Professor Robert Bell from OU when Dr. Bell was a young man. After that time off, Larry went back into petroleum work at Linn Energy until they made major lay-offs. It saddened him to not be in the midst of a play or not be able to put his knowledge and skills to work but he never lost interest in what was happening. His gentle demeanor, sense of right and subtle humor could diffuse any situation and that was often very beneficial in company meetings.