Merle E. “Red” Garrett, 93, died March 19, 2017, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Pickaway County, to the late Obid Vernon and Ethel May (French) Garrett.
He was married Jan. 27, 1941, to Bertha Toole, who passed away on March 16, 2007.
He is survived by his son, Donnie (Barb) Garrett of Lucasville; daughter, Debbie (Steve) Hesterman of Chillicothe; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by sons, Steve and Mickey Garrett; a grandson, Eddie Holstein; and companions, Ginny Andrews and Dottie Lackey.
As an awarded Army Air Force Staff Sergeant, he and his B-17 crew were shot down Sept. 6, 1943, and went missing in action. They were held captive in Stalag 17B Nazi prison camp for 22 months.
He was a lifelong resident of Chillicothe and retired from the former Mead Paper Co. after 40 years of service.
The family would like to thank the staff of the VA Homeland Hospice for their care.
Military graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Forest Cemetery, Circleville, under the direction of Haller Funeral Home & Crematory, Chillicothe.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Adena Health Foundation Cancer Fund, 9 S. Paint St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal