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John R. “Bob” Merhar

June 23, 1937 - September 11, 2017 Kennett Square, PA | Age 80 Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

John R. “Bob” Merhar passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on September 11, 2017.

Bob was born in Springfield MA, June 23, 1937. He graduated from Classical High, Springfield.  In 1959 he received his B.S. in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University and later received his Masters in Metallurgical Engineering from RPI in Troy NY.  After resigning from the U.S. Army with the rank of Captain, he worked as a metallurgist for a small company in Worcester MA.  He then worked for DuPont as part of Remington Arms in Ilion NY.  He finished his career with DuPont in Wilmington DE.

A member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bob was an active volunteer, serving as a garden volunteer with Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE, Case Trading Post in the Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM and the Pecos National Historical Park, Pecos, NM. He was a member of the Kennett Township Historical Commission, the Kennett Area Senior Center, the Chester County Community Foundation and the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe, NM. Bob was a past Mayor of Newport, NY, a past President of the Shrewsbury Jaycees, Shrewsbury, MA and a past President of the Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA). He also served on Eagle Scout Committees and Boards of Review with the Mohegan Boy Scout Council, Worcester, MA, the General Herkimer Boy Scout Council, Herkimer, NY and the Chester County Council Boy Scouts, West Chester, PA. Bob also enjoyed traveling, his home in New Mexico, tinkering with antique clocks and walking.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith M. Merhar; his sons Thomas (Cori) and Steven; his grandchildren Michael (Brie), Joshua, Courtney and Justin and his precious great granddaughter Mia. Bob is also survived by his sister Carole J. Martino and his cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents John H. Merhar, Janet Cummings Merhar, his son, Robert L. Merhar, and other relatives.

Friends and family are invited to his visitation on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 10:00am to 11:00am at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 W. Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester, PA where his memorial service will begin at 11:00am. A reception will follow in Spellman Hall immediately after the service.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania c/o Development office, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or online at  Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

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September 15, 2017 10-11AM Westminster Presbyterian Church
10 W. Pleasant Grove Road
West Chester, PA 19382

Memorial Service

September 15, 2017 11AM Westminster Presbyterian Church
10 W. Pleasant Grove Road
West Chester, PA 19382


  1. So sorry to hear of Bobs passing. He was a delightful person and I always enjoyed talking with him in my office. My sincere sympathy to the family.

    Barry kanofsky | September 15, 2017 at 8:22 PM
  2. It was my honor & pleasure to know Mr. Merhar for over a decade. As one of our most beloved patrons at Applebee’s of Kennett Square, he will be dearly missed. I was so fortunate to be present at his 80th birthday, surrounded by friends and family. His ever pleasant demeanor and comforting fatherly baritone endeared him to all he encountered. Despite his many successes and achievements, Mr. Merhar carried himself with the humble dignity and class that exemplified what is to truly be an American and Christian. His example is a testament to the values to which we all should aspire. To Mrs. Merhar & Family, words cannot express how blessed we are to have known such a gentleman. Mr. Merhar, you are forever in our hearts, we thank you for a Life Well Lived.
    With Love, Respect, & Humility,

    Cross | September 15, 2017 at 9:13 AM
  3. I am thankful that God allowed my path to cross that of Bob Merhar and his family when he joined our Powder Metal business at Remington Arms over 40 years ago. Our mutual friend, Louie Baum, had told me about him and said we should try to hire him. It was excellent advice. My memories of Bob are very special. I can see the passion in his face when trying to persuade us to do something. I remember his frequent laughter. But the most indelible memory of all is the early morning phone call when Bob told me of their son Bobby’s tragic death. The visit to the big stone house in Newport that morning was one of the saddest events of my life. Now I am saddened to hear of Bob’s passing, and pray for God’s comforting hand upon Judy, the boys, and the entire family. How good it is to also remember the encouraging words of Jesus:  “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

    Hal and Sarah Munson | September 15, 2017 at 8:16 AM

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