Merle R. "Stub" Watson

March 6, 1935 ~ June 5, 2020 (age 85)

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Merle R. “Stub” Watson, 85, of Columbia Crossroads, PA, passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020 at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, PA. He was the loving husband of the late Beverly J. (Crippen) Watson who passed away April 4, 2008. The couple married August 17, 1955 and had 52 happy years together.

Stub was born on March 6, 1935 in Gillett, PA son of the late Ivan J. and Ruth (Kimball) Watson. He was a 1953 graduate of Troy High School and was a lifelong farmer. Stub enjoyed hunting, watching professional sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Stub is survived by his children: Diane (Steve) Bernardi of Vista, CA, R. Gavin (Karen) Watson and Carmel Watson, both of Columbia Crossroads, his grandchildren: Travis (Jessica) Watson, Zane Watson, Tristine Prieto, Ashley (Joshua) Hollar, and Braden Boone, his great grandchildren: Elaina Prieto, Isabella Prieto, Haidyn Watson, Hunter Watson, Olivia Prieto, Lilliana Hollar, and Elijah McAlister, his brother Roy Watson of Troy, PA, his sisters: Velma Roy-Beach of Troy, Eleanor (James) Boor of Troy, Dorothy Terry of Bath, NY, and Linda (Luther) Wrisley of Columbia Crossroads, several nieces and nephews and special friends Clifford “Spike” Townley and Jack Kanach. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beverly, his daughter Kathy Watson, and his brother Harold “Dutch” Watson.  

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA 16947.

Memorial contributions may be made in Stub’s memory to the American Heart Association, 727 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231 or to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA  22312 or Guthrie Hospice 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, Pa 18848. The family also asks everyone to thank a farmer when they think of Stub.

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