Merrill, the second son of Nelson and Gertrude Tribbett, was born March 15, 1920on the family farm north of Yuma. He died early in the morning of January 7 at Yuma Life Care Center. After attending the Hammond school, he graduated from Yuma Union High School in 1937. He spent a year in Oregon with his older brother Nelson before returning to Yuma where he courted Pauline McCauley. They went to the movies the night before the bombing of Pearl Harborand were married a year later.
Merrill and Pauline lived briefly with his parents on their farm 8 and ½ miles north of Yuma when Merrill Kent was born in 1944. While living on a farm 11 miles north and one mile east of Yuma, Deryl Keith was born in 1946 and, in 1950, Judith Ann joined the family. The family moved back to the family homestead on highway 59 where Merrill had been born in 1950 enjoying electricity for the first time. Joan Kay in was welcomed into the family in 1954.
Merrill and Pauline moved to Yumawhen Merrill retired in 1986. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary onDecember 6, 1992. Merrill and Pauline enjoyed traveling. They took numerous trips with family and friends including cruises toAlaska, theCaribbean, and through thePanama Canal. Other trips were toMexico City,Hawaii,Canada,Europe,Eastern Europe and all 50 states. Merrill and Pauline enjoyed over 62 years of married life. After Pauline died in 2005, Merrill enjoyed trips toChicago for Anthony’s wedding and Abigail’s christening spending several weeks with Judith in the city each time. He enjoyed numerous family gatherings with the grand and great grandchildren for birthdays, holidays and the opening of pheasant season.
Merrill served on the Yuma District Hospital Board from 1960 to 1986. He was also a long-time member of the Yuma Lions Club. Merrill and Pauline were members ofSt. John’sLutheranChurch.
He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline and two sons, Kent and Deryl, his parents, a sister, Ardith, his two brothers, Glen Tribbett of Yuma and Nelson Tribbett of Oregon; brother-in-laws, Art Grienke of Hastings, Walter Harrah of Fort Collins, Larry Love of Denver, Perry Southwell of Denver, Melvin McCauley of Loveland, Art McCauley of Surprise AZ, Clarence McCauley of Loveland; sisters-in-law Marie Grienke of Hastings, Marion Tribbett of Newburg, OR and Marjorie McCauley of Yuma; and nephew Maurice Harrah of Mexico City.
He is survived by his sister Mildred Love of Denver; his daughters Judith Tribbett of Chicago and Joan and Gary Snelling of Yuma; Grandchildren Timothy and Jennifer Tribbett of Denver, Christopher Tribbett and fiancé Pamela Morton of Aurora, Matt Tribbett of Denver, Chelsea and Mike Davies of Yuma, Angie and Jim Andrews of Yuma, Anthony and BJ Snelling of Arvada, Eric and Kate Tribbett of Littleton, and Mitchell and Elizabeth Tribbett of Denver; Great grandchildren Cadence Davies of Yuma, Layne and Lucas Andrews of Yuma, Jordon and Connor Tribbett ofDenver, Ben Kusnetzky, and Abigail, and Noah Snelling of Arvada, Owen and Sydney Tribbett ofLittleton; Sisters-in-law Barbara McCauley ofLoveland, Juanita McCauley ofYumaAZ, Susie Harrah of Loveland, Sarah McCauley of Surprise AZ, and Viola Tribbett of Yuma; Brother–in-law Hugh and Mae McCauley of Yuma and numerous nephews and nieces.
Service were held on January 10th, 2011 atSt. John’s Lutheran Church in Yuma,Colorado with Pastor Dave Loeschke and Pastor Terry Buethe officiating. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery. Baucke Funeral Home handled the arrangements.