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Fox Funeral Home & Crematory
Sunday July 12th, 2020

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Maynard Martin Merlau

Maynard Martin Merlau, 79, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was born on November 28, 1940 in East Aurora, New York, the son of Maynard and Margaret Merlau. Maynard attended Holland Central High School in NY with the class of 1958. He married Ruth Wynell DeMasters in Scurry, Texas on March 12, 1977, she preceded him in death on January 10, 2016. Maynard worked as an oilfield manager and salesman for 35 years. He was also a certified deep-sea diver and a master mechanist. He enjoyed barbequing, traveling, woodworking, and above all else, he loved being with his family. Survivors include son, Scott Chapman of Rock Springs, WY; daughters, Gigi Steele and husband Jeff of Arlington, TX, Avis Dodson of Traverse City, MI, Treasa Chenoweth and husband Joe of Reliance, WY; brother, Paul Merlau of Holland, NY; brother-in-law, Roddy Mooney of Scurry, TX; sisters, Donna Beaumiester and husband George of Elma, NY, Carol Felski and husband John of Strykersville, NY, Barbara Snyder of Holland, NY; 8 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 9 nephews; 5 nieces; an aunt, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Maynard and Margaret, his loving wife Wynell, sister in law, Dodie Mooney, sons, Marty Merlau, Brian Chapman, Sam Allen, grandson, Justin Merlau, brother-in-law, Francis Snyder, and Patricia Ann Mackin. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm, Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs, WY. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Following services, cremation will take place. Condolences may be left at foxfh.com

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We'll always remember that special smile, that caring heart, that warm embrace you always gave us. You being there for Mom and us through good and bad times no matter what. We'll always remember you Dad because they'll never be another one to replace you in our hearts and the love we will always have for you ------forever

Avis K Dodson Jul 11 2020 2:48 PM

. I wish I could be there with the family. Its hard being so far away and not getting the chance to say goodbye to my dad. I will be there in spirit to share my grief with you all. Love Sis

Avis K Dodson Jul 11 2020 1:52 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. Whitey was a great friend and fun to be with. We will certainly miss him!

Steve & Kathleen Grisdale Jul 10 2020 1:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Maynard Merlau

Tasha Casias Jul 7 2020 8:33 AM

I will always remember my Uncle as a man quick to laugh, ready with a big bear hug and an "I love you". He was a great story teller, had a big personality and loved his family. He will never be forgotten and will be greatly missed. :heart:

Laura Street Jul 3 2020 10:11 AM