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Frederick Gilbert Merrill III

Born: Thu., Feb. 13, 1930
Died: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019


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Location: Fairmount Cemetery


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Frederick Gilbert Merrill III (Gil) 2/13/1930 – 11/20/2019 was born in Cleveland, OH and passed away peacefully at his home in Stevensville, Montana. He is preceded in death by his mother Genevieve Nockin Merrill and father Frederick Gilbert Merrill II, and beloved wife of 62 years Margareth Madsen Merrill. Gil was a curious and intelligent young boy, finding time to read the dictionary in between his first jobs as bowling alley pinsetter, dishwasher, soda jerk, busboy and newspaper deliverer. He excelled at his Shaker Heights Schools, and pursued his higher education at Dartmouth College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His life forever changed after meeting the love of his life, Margareth Madsen, at a Christmas Eve party in 1948. Afterwards, he prophetically announced to his friends and family that he would “marry that girl.” In 1953 the happy couple married and settled in Denver while Gil completed medical school. Their first child was born in 1955, and together they would have 4 more girls over the next 9 years, devoting their lives to raising their 5 lively daughters. After medical school, Gil proudly served 4 years in the US Air Force, where he became a specialist in Atomic Warfare. The family remembers many interesting stories about that training! After his service, Gil and family returned to Denver where he began his medical residency in radiology. There he became Chief Resident, Instructor, and then Assistant Professor of Radiology. In 1969 he was appointed Head of the Radiology Department at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO. There he introduced ultrasound, nuclear medicine and CT scanning to the hospital and community. Gil traveled to many great capitals of Europe to immerse himself in opera and ballet. He loved sports, and was an avid swimmer, diver, and golfer. He excelled at Bridge, achieving 2,049 masterpoints in tournament play and a status of Ruby Life Master. After his wife passed, Gil moved to Stevensville, Montana. He loved Montana and would spend the last 4 years of his life riding his 4-wheeler in the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains, watching classic movies, chipping and putting at local golf courses, and playing duplicate bridge in Missoula. He was amazed by the cloud collisions he could see out his picture window, his 140 trees, and the bird life at his feeders. Gil could not be prouder of his 5 surviving daughters, amazed by his10 grandchildren, and crazy about his 1 great grandchild. Daughters are: Wendy Fiedler (Hans), Caroline Yonker (Rich), Laura Merrill (Janine), Susanne Eck (Randy) Diane Dahm (Scott), grandchildren Kevin (Samantha) and Scott (Kate) Fiedler, Carl (Sigalit) and Joseph (Colby) Yonker, Jennifer and Brian Eck, Drew, Noah, Sam and Sarah Dahm, and great grandchild Roi Yonker. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to two organizations dear to Gil’s heart: The Poudre Landmarks Foundation in Fort Collins, CO and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. A private family memorial service will be held on December 28, 2019 at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, CO.

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