Paul Merchant

Paul Dean Merchant

Wednesday, May 22nd, 1940 - Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
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Paul Dean Merchant, 78, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Northpointe Woods. He was born on May 22, 1940, the son of Luther Merchant and Edith Christine (Heard) Brown.
Dean graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. He was previously employed at American Woodcraft, Plastic Craft and most recently enjoyed working for himself as a wood worker and cabinet maker. Dean was a member of the MI National Guard, and the Church of Christ.
Dean is survived by his Daughter, Robbin Bailey of Crown Point, IN; Sister, Shirley (Jeff) Williamson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Father, Luther Merchant, Mother, Edith Christine Brown and Sister, Barbara Ann Woodworth.
Dean enjoyed repairing antique furniture, woodworking, hunting, fishing, painting, and shooting archery. He won many First place archery awards.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 2:00pm
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 10:01pm
So sorry I just heard today that he passed. I will never forget growing up with him (he was my daddy's 1st cousin, so my second. He hunted, fished, did gardens and I will never forget when he told me I could pick a carrot from his garden and I picked half arrow to get a good sized one and he noticed later and daddy got the phone call...lmao great times. R.I.P. Dean

Katie Prebish

Posted at 02:14pm
We are so sorry to hear that our good friend has left this world. Dean was a talented woodcrafter. His carpentry skill was that of a craftsman. For more than thirty some years, he designed and built two basement remodels, hung backyard swings on wooden supports, custom paneled bedrooms, helped with cabinet damage that was reported to be unfixable. He tutored our son in building a cook station to house an outdoor grill. It was an original design that Dean ruffed out with pad and pencil. He was around to participate in a tea party with our little girl, or referee a basketball game in the driveway with the boys.
There is a legendary saying in our family. We all know what "Dean Time' means. When we were lucky to have Dean promise to provide his service, it came with the understanding that it would be completed in his own time. When that seamed to take forever, it was always perfectly accomplished.
The world will miss you Dean, and this family especially! With our Sincere Sympathy, Katie Prebish

Keith A Messenger

Posted at 09:40pm
Sorry to hear of Dean's( I always used his middle name) passing . He and my father worked on many
projects together. He rebuild a window frame for my Aunt once and when the glassman came to put
the glass in he commented that who ever did it was a craftsman in his trade. Dean was the best. He
did it right the first time.
Condolence to the family members.
Keith A Messenger, son of Kenneth J Messenger Sr.

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