Dr. Donald  Merryman

Dr. Donald Wilson Merryman

Thursday, September 13th, 1934 - Saturday, November 30th, 2019
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Dr. Donald Wilson Merryman, age 85 years of Whiteford, MD died at his home at 4:40 pm on Saturday, November 30, 2019. He was the husband of Joy Hoge (Monsees) Merryman and they observed their 36th. wedding anniversary on June 19. Dr. Merryman was born on September 13, 1934 in Fawn Grove, PA a son of the late William Edgar and Margaret (Wilson) Merryman. He was a 1952 graduate of North Harford High School and later earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Gettysburg College. Dr. Merryman’s V.M.D. was earned at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He operated the Animal Clinic of Whiteford for 53 years prior to his retirement.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Merryman served neighboring Maryland and Pennsylvania communities as a private veterinary practitioner. While in his home office, he focused on his small animal medicine and surgical practice. Over the years, he also provided ambulatory services to dairy, beef, sheep and horse owning clients. His passion for farming was evident in his work with crops, raising beef cattle and breeding thoroughbred horses on his own Cherbry-Maurlyn Farm in Whiteford, MD. Home to the stallion, Aristocratic, in the 1970’s, Dr. Merryman took pride in the care of his animals, his client’s animals and the young people for whom he offered many opportunities to participate in activities on the farm and in his practice. Primarily a solo practitioner, Dr. Merryman nurtured associate veterinarians, prospective veterinarians, and veterinary and farm assistants, amongst whom he was known as a stern boss, a demanding task master and an exemplary mentor.

His memberships in the American Veterinary Medical Association, Equine Practitioners Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, MD and PA Veterinary Medical Associations provided him with many hours of continuing education and professional opportunities.

A collector of antique farm tractors, he founded the antique tractor pulls at the Mason-Dixon Fair.
Dr. Merryman was a lifetime member of the Fawn United Methodist Church. His other memberships include Phi Delta Theta fraternity, North Harford F.F.A. and the Harford County Farm Bureau.
In addition to this wife he is survived by:

Three children: Cheryl Merryman Ambrose and her husband, Jeffrey of Owings, MD
Bryan Carey Merryman and his wife, Sandra of Port St. Lucie, FL
Maury Merryman Thackston and her husband, Brent of Street, MD
Two step-children: Scott Hoge and his wife, Jan of Haymarket, VA
Marcia Hart and her husband, Jeff of Winter Garden, FL
Nine grandchildren: Derek Macomber, Erin Merryman, Patrick Merryman, Kaitlyn Merryman, Parker Hoge, James Hoge, Elizabeth Hart, Laura Hart and Nathaniel Hart.
One great grandchild
His sister-in-law: Lucy Merryman of Staten Island, NY
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patsy Marie (Miller) Merryman who died in 1976, his daughter, Lynelle Patricia Merryman who died in 2014, his brother Kenneth Nelson Merryman who died in 2014 and his brother Rev. William E. Merryman who died in 2019.

No services will be held.

The family would appreciate contributions to the North Harford F.F.A. Alumni and Friends, 211 Pylesville Road, Pylesville, MD 21132 or the Highland Presbyterian Church, 701 Highland Rd., Street, MD 21154
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Amy Knipp

Posted at 03:49pm
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing, but what joy he is experiencing now! I will always remember our mini family trip with Mother, Daddy and Jill to spend a day or two with you all at that wonderful home and farm. Truly a trip we will always cherish. Sending love to you Joy and the whole family. Much love, Eric and Amy Knipp

SandyC. Smith

Posted at 11:12am
When I first bought my farm in York Co, PA, I bought two pony yearlings from you—a chestnut and a gray. The gray was out of your family pony mare Merrylegs. As my school of horsemanship grew, so did my need for more horses. Just about that time I received a call asking if I would be interested in giving your beloved Merrylegs a forever home. There was no one else in your family to ride her and she needed interaction. Of course I said YES! Merrylegs became a part of everything. After she arrived, it wasn’t long before she picked her daughter out and kept an eye and loving watch over her. Merrylegs lived a long and happy life. The
Gray, Blueberry Tart, did everything . Tart followed me from my farm to meeting my husband foxhunting, championships at horse shows , marriage, and finally my daughter’s first love and show horse. My daughter, Gretel, has a best friend—Jolene— from jr high! They were each other’s Maid of Honor as well! Tart passed a week after my dear husband on Jan 2006. If you would like some photos of the ponies, let me know via text at 518-256-5610! You have been a part of my life more then you will ever know. Jolene gave me this site to respond to fo d memories.

Candy Nies

Posted at 09:21am
His lifelong love of animals was evident in all that he did. Heaven gained an awesome vet. Rest easy Doc.

Debra Steffek

Posted at 09:53pm
Joy and family please know that you all are in our prayers. Doc was a good man and you were the best landlords to Rick and I on Market St. Our thoughts are with you.
Rick & Debi Steffek


Posted at 09:07pm
I am so sad to hear of Dr. Merryman’s passing. He was such a big hearted person! I will always remember walking down those steps as a little kid and staring at those big old posters of cat and dog breeds while sitting in the waiting room. Lots of love to the family.

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