Stephen Watt Merchant

1947 - 2018

Stephen Watt Merchant tragically and unexpectedly passed away on 4 December 2018, at the tender young age of 71. He was born in the city of Marion, Ohio on 24 October 1947 to Walter and Marie Merchant. Steve graduated from Kenton Senior High School in 1965 and went on to earn his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Ohio University in 1969. From September 1969 to April 1971, Steve honorably served in the U.S. Army. He spent nearly 14 months fighting with the 1st Calvary Air Division 3rd Brigade in Southeast Asia. After returning to civilian life Steve met Barb, the love of his life, in 1972 in the sporting goods section of Mason's Department Store. Their whirlwind romance resulted in marriage on 17 June 1972. Steve worked at Rockwell Automotive (Arvin Meritor) from 1979 until is retirement in 2006. Steve was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Merchant and sister, Jean Stone. He is survived by his wife Barbara Merchant, his older brother Daniel, and his younger brother Michael. His legacy includes his eldest son Ryan Merchant, his daughter-in-law Andrea, and their children Devin and Addison. His youngest son is Keith Merchant, his daughter-in-law Samantha Pfaller, and their children Thomas and Olivia. A celebration of life will be held in late June. Please make donations in his name to the homeless shelter in Kenton, Ohio at 13671 W. Pattison Ave (419) 679-1063. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SCHINDEWOLF-STOUT-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting www.stoutcrates.com.











Sunday June 23rd

12:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.



Memorial Park Golf Course Club House

15906 Route 309, Kenton, OH 43326


Prayer service by: 

Pastor Randy Patton


Friends and Family Share fond memories


Food and refreshments to follow


We thank you all for being such wonderful family

and precious friends to all of us during these hard times


The Merchant Family