Merv was born Aug. 18, 1960 in Newberry, Michigan. His family moved to Kalamazoo when he was five. Merv loved to be outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing, and camping. Merv was a loving father and liked to spend time with his daughter and grandkids. He spent time volunteering at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. He liked to try to help anyone in every way he could.