Stephen "Steve" Glen Merritt
June 22, 1970 - April 3, 2021
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
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Saturday 6/19, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Saturday 6/19, 3:00 pm

Stephen Glen Merritt was born June 22, 1970 and died April 3, 2021 in Appleton, WI. Steve grew up in New Hope, MN attended Armstrong High School, the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.   He always wanted to fly and began his flight training at age 19. He became an instructor…

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Jeremy Cox left a message on April 25, 2021:
Steve and I go back many years from the crashpad days of Skyway, to ATA and finally on to Southwest. Always the life of the party, Steve was everyone’s friend no matter whether you had known him for 20 years or 20 minutes. The world lost a truly great man. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Steve Stilwell left a message on April 21, 2021:
I had some of my best Southwest trips with Steve and he was a superb Captain! We always had great conversations and I still laugh at some of his stories. He was just an all around fun and charismatic person. I admired him the most for the amount of love he had for his two sons and his commitment to his family. I’m sorry for your loss and my family sends our deepest sympathies!
David Barnum left a message on April 17, 2021:
I am so sorry to hear this. I have known Steve for a long time from our Isle Royale days. Spent wonderful times with him and his family on Merritt Island in Tobin Harbor. I also flew with Steve at ATA Airlines before he went to Southwest. Steve was a good man and a very fun guy to be around. I recall when he was first hired at ATA, I was in Atlanta for some other training event and he was going through initial training. We spent a very convivial evening at the famous Spondivits Restaurant talking aviation and Isle Royale. I think we got back to the hotel about 0200! Condolences to all the family for this great loss.
Jason Collier left a message on April 16, 2021:
One of my favorites to fly with at Skyway, in and out of the cockpit Steve was a fun guy. You will be missed, I wont forget your wit and humor.
Mike Waid left a message on April 15, 2021:
I was very sad to hear this. I flew with Steve several times and remember him for his competency in the cockpit and his humor. He was a valued member of our team at Southwest and will be missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Ron Merritt left a message on April 15, 2021:
Steve as a junior at Armstrong H.S. 1987
Ron Merritt left a message on April 15, 2021:
I have just learned of the recent death of Steve Merritt; grandson of Glen Merritt, longtime postmaster of Duluth; and great grandson of Alfred Merritt, a leader of the Seven Iron Men of Minnesota. As mentioned in his obituary, Steve was a successful pilot and his presence brought joy to all. My sincere condolence to his parents, Grant and Marilyn, and sisters Linda and Carolyn.
Brad Hendricks left a message on April 13, 2021:
I flew with Steve many times at Southwest and always enjoyed being around him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.- Brad Hendricks
Bob Firth left a message on April 12, 2021:
I am so sad to hear of Steve's passing. He was a super-special person in many ways. My favorite trip ever on Isle Royale was when Steve and I took the Merritt row boat & motor and cruised around the island camping where ever we felt like. Spending time with Steve was like being a kid in a candy store. He was a joy to be around and made life fun. His bubbly energy made him a magnet for anyone that loved life and wanted to be with someone who made life better, moment by moment. Steve was simply, one of the great ones and one of the best persons I have known. I deeply appreciate his passing through my life and having spent time with him. Best Wishes to the Merritt family and my sincere condolences. Bob Firth
Erik Olson left a message on April 12, 2021:
Steve was a great friend. Such a good supportive person with a kind heart and a hearty laugh. I will miss you brother.
Captain Javed B. Sheikh, Retired left a message on April 11, 2021:
I will always remember Steve with kind and warm regards. He flew with me as my First Officer many a times around 1995/96. He was professional, respectful and always had an infectious smile on his face. May he Rest In Peace.
Todd Sheedy left a message on April 11, 2021:
My lifetime friend and brother in comedy. I never laughed so hard or smiled as much during our Jr. High years filming funny skits that actually aired on TV! We were the kings of our goofy kingdom, those memories will never be forgotten.
Todd Sheedy left a message on April 11, 2021:
My lifetime friend and brother in comedy. I never laughed so hard or smiled as much during our Jr. High years filming funny skits that actually aired on TV! We were the kings of our goofy kingdom, those memories will never be forgotten.
Scott Frost left a message on April 11, 2021:
In memory of Stephen "Steve" Glen Merritt, Scott Frost lit a candle
Scott Frost left a message on April 11, 2021:
Steve was always in a good mood every time I saw him at work and he was always a pleasure to be around. Our sympathies are with you. Steve will be greatly missed. Scott and Melissa Frost
Karen&John Germ left a message on April 11, 2021:
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Pat Boyd left a message on April 11, 2021:
Our sympathies to the family.
Steve McGrath left a message on April 10, 2021:
Aw, Steve. You and Jen were the best neighbors we could have asked for. Will and Jon are the best kids. SO MANY laughs when the Merritts would get together...even when it embarrassed our wives. Or maybe ESPECIALLY then. You’ll be missed, sir.
Stephen Hermanson left a message on April 10, 2021:
I loved Steve, he was my closest friend as a kid. The thousands of great memories I have of him! I looked through a lot of pictures I had of our times together and the one of him making one of his patented “bombfires” made me smile the most...just a fun guy to be around.
Mona and Ken Clayton left a message on April 10, 2021:
So sorry for your loss. We remember a time when Steve couldn’t make it home for Christmas Eve so he spent it with our family. He was so patient with our granddaughter, she was only 5 and having a hard time on whether to believe in Santa. He sat down with her at the computer to follow Santa flight. He was always kind, funny and always smiling.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Mark Printup left a message on April 9, 2021:
Fly heading 270, squawk VFR, radar services terminated. Have a beautiful flight.
Gloria Pederson left a message on April 9, 2021:
My thoughts and prayers to Steve's family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Gunner Lyon left a message on April 9, 2021:
Praying for his family and friends
Alice Watkins left a message on April 9, 2021:
Prayers for all of Steve's family and friends. Always enjoyed flying with him and he was a hoot! 💙
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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