PRINCETON — Robert “Bob” Paul Merrill, 68, of Princeton, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.

He was born Oct. 17, 1952, to Robert Daniel Merrill and Nina Martha (Risley) Merrill and married the love of his life, Kathie Merrill on June 18, 1971.

Bob worked as a horse trainer for standard horse breeds for over 15 years. He also worked about 10 years for the State Highway Department plowing snow. Bob collected sports memorabilia, mainly baseball and cards; he loved fishing; and watching his grandkids play ball, wrestle, and run track. He was an avid pool player and won several tournaments. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Bob is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Kathie Merrill; children, Nancy “Missy” Turner, Robert Daniel Merrill (Renee), and Matthew Paul Merrill; grandchildren, Dominic Merrill, Breylin Turner, Marissa Turner, Robert Paul Merrill, Ryan Daniel Merrill, and Regan Renee Lutz; great-grandchildren, Theo Arleigh Merrill and Robert Daniel Merrill; siblings, Marlene Finn (Merle), Jackie Miller (Bob), Wayne Merrill (Nancy), Linda Riggle (Brad Malin), and Mark Merrill (Alice); and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins; and his lifelong best friend like brother, Richard Lindsey survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Kaleigh Merrill.

A visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton. Per Covid-19 restrictions, masks are encouraged and social distancing is required. A graveside funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2021, at Bates Hill Cemetery in Yankeetown officiated by his son, Robert Paul Merrill.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kathie Merrill and mailed to the funeral home at 425 N. Main St. Princeton, IN 47670.

Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at ColvinFuneralHome.com where you can light a candle in loving memory of Bob. Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Merrill family.

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