Richard George Merna
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

RICHARD GEORGE MERNA (Age 71) On Tuesday, July 4, 2006 of Clinton, MD. Beloved brother of Gerald F. (Dorothy) of Potomac Falls, VA, Robert P. of San Jose, CA, James E. (Suzanne) of Annapolis, MD and Locust Grove, VA, and Vivian Rendes (Al) of Sun City West, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother George, killed in action in WWII, and a younger brother Thomas.

In his youth, along with his five brothers and sister, Richard was raised at two Catholic institutions, St. Dominic's Home for Boys and Girls, Blauvelt, NY, and at St. Agnes Home for Boys, Sparkill, NY. He graduated from Tappan Zee High School in Piermont, NY in 1953.

He served two tours in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1953-1958 and 1961-1962, including 15 months in Korea with the First Marine Division.

Upon his discharge, he attended the University of Maryland for three years where he was a member of the Newman Club and the Economic Discussion Club.

His part-time and subsequent full-time employment included the U.S. Post Office Dept., the Statler Hilton Hotel, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service. He was a 100 percent disabled veteran.

Friends may visit with the family at Lee Funeral Home, Branch Ave. and Coventry Way, Clinton, MD., on Monday, July 10 from 2pm to 4 pm and from 6pm to 8pm. Prayers will be offered at 7pm. Interment Tuesday, July 11 at 11am, Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976, Attn: Sr. Peggy Scarano.