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Jack J. Ament, age 86, of Merrill, passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center.

Jack was born on July 20, 1928 to the late Roman and Esther (Borchardt) Ament. He married Darlene Chauvin on October 1, 1949. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2013. Jack served in the military, first with the Merchant Marines and later with the Navy in the South Pacific during WWII. After being honorably discharged he served in the National Guard and was a life member of the VFW Post 1638, Merrill. Jack worked for Wisconsin Public Service as a lineman for 35 years and enjoyed his retirement for 25 years. Jack was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill, and was a third degree Knights of Columbus. Jack enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, going to the family cabin, golfing, fishing, polka dancing, woodworking, and traveling.

Jack is survived by four daughters, Christine (Tom Supple) Ament, of Manitowish Waters, WI, Terri Henrich, of Merrill, WI, Debbie (Greg) Franda, of West Bend, WI, Lisa Hintze, of Cedar Rapids, IA; four sons, John (Vicki) Ament, of Eagle River, AK, Dr. Pat Ament, of Warrensburg, MO, Michael (Laurie) Ament, of Tomahawk, WI, and Tim (Tammy) Ament, of Deerfield, WI; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Jean Zimbal, of AZ, Florence Mulvahill, of OR, and Lois (Bill) Welk, of WI. Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Darlene; his parents; and one brother, Roman Ament.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 P.M., Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Concelebrants will be Father Michael McLain and Father Joseph Kleinheinz. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Merrill, with graveside military rites conducted by VFW Post 1638, Merrill. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. on Tuesday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bell Tower and Artisan Assisted Living, the Merrill EMT’s, the doctors and staff at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, and Ministry Home Health Care Personnel for their care.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com/

Ralph E. Boes, age 89, of Merrill, passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, under the care of his three children, the nursing home staff, and hospice services. 

Ralph was born on February 13, 1925 to the late Edward and Helen (Leibiger) Boes. He married Margery Fox on September 9, 1950. She preceeded him in death on December 2, 2011. Ralph served in the United States Army in World War II. He worked for the US Postal Service for more than 30 years. Ralph was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was also an avid Packers fan, enjoyed playing cribbage, taking trips to the casino, and spending time with the family pets.

Ralph is survived by two daughters, Sandra Boes, of Madison, WI, and Terry Klug, of Merrill, WI; one son, Gary Boes, of Merrill, WI; three grandchildren, Sarah Wegner, of Ringle, WI, Kristy (Ryan) Yaeger, of Clintonville, WI, and Brett (Carmen) Klug, of Merrill, WI; and seven great-grandchildren, Ella, Eli, Evelyn, Jack, Lucy, Logan, and Mason. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marg; his parents; one brother, Rudy Boes; and one son-in-law, Tom Klug.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. A private graveside service will take place at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com/

Mary E. Gapko, born November 8, 1958, passed away peacefully on the wings of angels Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Michael; son, Lucas; granddaughters, Trinity and Ally; siblings, Paula (Bruce) Giles and Robert (Cassandra) Schroeder; special niece, Tanya (Gene) Guillaume; and her beloved dog, Maggie.  Mary had many family members that she loved. 

Mary was a person that touched many lives with her smile that made her eyes twinkle, her sense of humor, and her positive thinking.  She had many interests that included traveling, shopping for a good bargain, and crafts; however, her greatest love was her family and friends.  Mary was an avid Vikings fan and with a final word to all Packer fans – GO VIKINGS!

In keeping with Mary’s wishes, there will be a memorial gathering at a future date but no funeral service.  She wished for all to remember her by living a happy and full life.

The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com/


John H Swope (Jack) age 76, lost his battle with cancer at Asprirus Wausau Hospital on August 25, 2014, with his family by his side.

Born June 28, 1938, to the late John W and Helen (Uttech) Swope, Jack is survived by his wife, Kathleen A (Hull); 3 sons, John (Cindy) -Merrill, Kip (Mary) - Wausau, and Jay (Christopher Smith) - Fort Collins, CO; 4 grandchildren, Marissa Swope - Milwaukee, Lindsay Swope (Daniel Kalupa) - Oshkosh, Michael Swope – Wausau and Alex Swope - Wausau; one sister, Judith Wissen - Phoenix, AZ; and one brother, James Swope (Denise) - Palm Bay, FL; along with many other close family and friends.

Jack graduated from Merrill High School (’57) and was an active member on his class reunion committee up until his 55th reunion in 2012.
He served his country in the US Navy from ’57 –’61 on the U.S.S. Hugh Purvis where he traveled to Washington DC for a recent reunion. He returned home on leave to marry his beloved wife, Kathleen A. Hull on May 21st, 1960. They celebrated 50 years in 2010.

In his early years, Jack found himself employed at Drew’s Grocery Store, Wausau Papers and Lincoln Hills School for 28 years where he retired in 1998. He also assisted game warden, Don Manthei, as a seasonal game warden for 20 years during WI’s active deer season and made lifelong friends with the Kalafice family while helping out on occasion at Merrill House of Music. After retirement, he drove cars for O’Malley Honda and transported prisoners for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Dept. He passed his time by spending countless hours at the T.B. Scott Library tracing his family genealogy and researching and writing about the history of the Merrill Cosmo and Lincoln County
Fair. Jack was always at the fairgrounds days before and after the fair. He would watch everything go up as well as come down as Merrill got ready for a week of rides, games, beer stands, livestock, and demolition derbies. He served as vice president of the Merrill High School Band Boosters and served time on the Merrill Park and Rec Board.

His close friends will remember Thursday night “Choir Boys” practice at Club Modern along with morning coffee clutches at Pine Ridge, 51 Truck Stop and Skippers where all the local scuttlebutt would happen before the days of Facebook. Nashville, TN and Branson, MO were his second homes. A lover of country music and the Grand Ole Opry, he loved pulling out his guitar and strumming to a good George Jones tune. In his later years he enjoyed time in the woods and fishing on his one-man boat. Jack could never sit still and had the opportunity to visit every state except for Hawaii with his riding
companion, Katey. If he wasn’t traveling the country you might find him taking in a movie at the Cosmo, a fish fry at Eagles or just hanging out on his swing, watching the world go by.

Jack loved and adored his grandchildren and made every effort not to miss one of his grandkids events: always supporting and cheering them on. A Merrill native who was a Blue Jay, Badger, Packer and Brewer backer, getting to games when he could.

A service to celebrate the life of Jack Swope will begin at 11AM on Thursday, August 27, at St Stephen’s United Church of Christ – Merrill. Family and friends can begin gathering at the church at 9:00AM. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Lincoln County Historical Society, TB Scott Library or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Wisconsin Chapter.

For online condolences please
visit www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com . Stories and memories happily accepted.

The family would like to extend a huge thank you to the Aspirus ER and Cancer Center (Dr. Peterson) and the staff.


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