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Merle Colglazier Sr. - April 05, 2013


Merle Lee Colglazier Sr. was born Aug. 6, 1920, in Holyoke, the son of Cecil Bruno Colglazier and Effie Dell Huff. He died April 5, 2013, in Salisbury, Md., following a long-term illness.

Merle was a World War II veteran and a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a zoology degree. He retired from the Department of Agriculture at the Beltsville Research Center in 1978 where he worked as a pathologist.

Merle was preceded in death by eight of his nine brothers and sisters: Ernest Colglazier, Louise Kuhnke, Lucille Sharman, Harold Colglazier, Bernice Thompson, Myrtle Walgren, Edith Colglazier and Dale Colglazier; and his wife, Elizabeth, in 1995.

Merle is survived by his wife and companion of 17 years, Marguerite Colglazier; younger sister, Doris Foster of Long Island, N.Y.; children, Cecelia Colglazier of Fort Valley, Va., Merle Colglazier Jr. and wife Ramona of Henrico, Va., and Harold Colglazier and wife Ellen of Columbia, Md.; stepdaughter, Cheryl Oster; four grandchildren, Karen, Christopher and wife Shona, Marshal and Nathaniel; and two great-grandchildren, Graysen and Callum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 158, Ocean City, MD 21842.

Memorial service arrangements will be specified at a later time.