Jack M. Merry, construction worker

May 22, 2013

Jack M. Merry, 62, a Vietnam War veteran who worked in construction and property maintenance in the Washington area for more than three decades, died May 7 at his home in Arlington County.

He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said his executor, Leonard Sherp.

Mr. Merry worked as a roofer, carpenter, painter and commercial window washer and took jobs in New Jersey and Florida in addition to his assignments in the Washington area. He was granted military disability status in 2006, Sherp said.

Jack Michael Merry was born in Vienna and grew up in Arlington. Before graduating from Wakefield High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. After advanced training as a machine-gun specialist, he was deployed to Vietnam and contributed to border defense security at Da Nang Air Base. From 1970 to 1974, he served in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Mr. Merry’s hobbies included fishing and hunting. He was a regular participant in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rallies in Washington.

His companion of more than 20 years, Sally Shogren, died in March.

Survivors include two sisters, Jean Hadley of Woodbridge and Pam Burgesser of Hagerstown, Md.

— Emily Langer

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