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Wednesday April 6th, 2016
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Merlyn "Mert" M. Haynes


OGDENSBURG-Funeral services for Merlyn “Mert” M. Haynes, 79, of Ogdensburg will be held on Thursday April 7, 2016 at 11 A.M.at the LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home (formerly Allen-Nichols Funeral Home) 324 New York Avenue, Ogdensburg with Rev. Walter Smith officiating.   Visitation will be held on Wednesday April 6, 2016 from 4-7 P.M at the funeral home.  Burial will be in White Church Cemetery at a later date.

Mr. Haynes died Saturday evening April 2, 2016 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center following a long illness.

Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.

Merlyn or “Mert” as he was known, was born on August 26, 1936 in Lisbon, NY.  He was the son of the late Melvin and Mildred (Moore) Haynes.  After completing his education, Mert served in the United States Army from 1952-1953.  On May 1, 1971 he married Elaine LeDuc at the First United Methodist Church of Ogdensburg.  Elaine passed away on September 7, 1977.  

For the majority of his career he was an attendant at the State Hospital in Ogdensburg.  He also operated a driveway sealing business in Ogdensburg.  Mert was a member of the American Legion Post 69, past Commander of the AMVETS Post 19 and  a volunteer driver for the D.A.V.  organization and was honored for his 5,864 hours of volunteer service.  He was member of the Ogdensburg Acacian Lodge  #128 Free and Accepted Masons, the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge 814 and the B.P.O.E Lodge #772.   Mert enjoyed playing Horseshoes in the Ogdensburg Greenbelt Horseshoe League.  Mert loved his family and truly enjoyed getting together and sharing a meal.

He is survived by his stepson; Clarence “Butch” LeDuc, his uncle; Maynard Moore and his niece Carolyn Anne Haynes.  Also surviving are his cousins; Winona Baloga and her husband Jack of Hazle Township, PA, Michael and Sherrill Moore of Lisbon, Donna Montanna of Texas, Gary Wright of Potsdam, Michelle Moore Burr of Lisbon and Rosemarie Moore of Texas. He is also survived by his faithful friend Dick Harper, whom he called “Harp”.

He was predeceased by his wife Elaine Haynes, his parents Melvin and Mildred Haynes and his brothers; Donald and Garnet Haynes and his step daughter Rosemarie LeDuc.   

Donations in Mert’s memory may be made to the Ogdensburg SPCA or to the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Online condolences may be made at www.LaRuePitcher.com


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I am very sorry to learn of the passing of Myrt Haynes. I knew him from his volunteer work for the DAV. Many a time Myrt would drive the van when he was'nt scheduled to do so because the schedued driver was unable to go(often at the 'last minute"). Myrt was always there in a pinch. He also used to bring Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to folks who could'nt get to the Knights of Columbus or the AMVETS clubs. I'm sure that these things were just the "tip of the iceberg" because Myrt was always ready to help those in need. RiP, Myrt.

Peter Zabriskie Nov 6 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Merlyn "Mert" Haynes

The Baloga Family: Barry, Katie, Michael, Karrilynn and Jack Apr 7 2016 12:00 AM

To say that Merlyn Haynes was a kind soul and a gentleman who brought nothing but joy into all of our lives would be an understatement. It makes me proud to know my children, whom he loved dearly, got to meet Merlyn and spend time with him up at our Colton camp when he visited these last few years. And I'm proud I got to talk with and learn from a true country gentleman.

The Baloga Family: Barry, Katie, Michael, Karrilynn and Jack Apr 7 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear Mert's passing. What a great guy he was; always a gentleman. To his family and Harp, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. RIP Mert.

Mary Montroy-Beard Apr 7 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Merlyn "Mert" Haynes

Mary Montroy-Beard Apr 7 2016 12:00 AM

We wish to express our deepest sympathy, and we will miss seeing our friend when we vacation in the summer.

John & Betty Caufield Apr 6 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Mert was a good person and friend He will be missed by all.

To Mert's Family and Harp Apr 6 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Merlyn "Mert" Haynes

Linda Whyte Apr 6 2016 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy of the loss of a truly great man... He was a long time friend, whom we didn't get to see often enough when we came to the "burg". His devotion to service of his fellow mankind shows the passion of a truly giving individual. May your spirit shine brightly dear friend...

Joe & Desiree Monroe Apr 6 2016 12:00 AM

Mert was a very good friend to my family. My mom Pat Davis and my uncle Bill Reed also The godfather of my cousin Debbie (Reed) Gates. He was a great guy and we always made a point to contact him when we came back to the Burg to visit. He will be sadly missed and we will always cherish the fond memories of him. Our condolences to all if you! Until we meet again...i know you'll be in a better place. Have a beer with my mom & uncle Bill up there buddy!!

Dawn (Davis) Smith Apr 6 2016 12:00 AM

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