"Richard W. Merrill was born on May 5, 1934, in Hannover, Germany. He died on October 30, 2019, as a resident of DeLand, Florida. He was a friendly, funny, young man, full of the joy of life. After completing school in Germany, he began an apprenticeship there as a gardener, until he decided to emigrate to America. His U.S. immigration was sponsored by his Aunt Charlotte, and her husband, Professor John Vaughen, of DeLand, Florida.
After working for a while in DeLand, and in Daytona Beach, he decided to obtain an education as a teacher. He moved to Miami, and earned a Masters Degree. He taught in high school in Miami for many years. He then obtained a real estate license, and worked in real estate sales and development, in Miami. He also enjoyed frequent international travel.
He retired, and moved back to DeLand in 2007. He is survived by his sister, Christa Rausch, his brother in law, Hans Rausch, his niece, Cornelia Lührs and her family, all of whom are from Verden/Aller, Germany; by his nephew, Roland Rausch, from Frankfurt, Germany; and by his cousin, Daniel Vaughen, of DeLand, all of whom, together with his friends and acquaintances from DeLand, and Miami, will cherish their good memories of him.”