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Maynard Martin Merlau

November 28, 1940 — June 30, 2020

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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