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Larry Ray Merrifield

September 18, 2021

Larry Ray Merrifield, 71, born in Bonners Ferry and a graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, passed away at Generations Assisted Living in Rathdrum on September 14, 2021. At this time, no formal public service is planned. Larry's ashes will be placed in part at Grandview Cemetery, Bonners Ferry, and the remaining ashes will be spread across the mountains of North Idaho in a private gathering.

Larry was born November 16, 1949, to Raymond Willard and Irma Artis (George) Merrifield and he grew up in Paradise Valley. He was active in 4H, square dancing, glee club and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol in North Idaho, watching for wildfires from the seat of an airplane. Larry graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1968 and attended the University of Idaho for one year.

Larry married Melodee Wyleen Wilson, Wallace, on December 6, 1969, in Wallace. They lived in Wallace a short time before moving to Bonners Ferry then Woodland, Washington, Kalama, Washington, and Mullan, Idaho. They finally settled in Priest River, where they moved onto five acres of undeveloped forest land and built their home with their own hands. Larry and Melodee lived in their Priest River home for 36 years. Together they raised a family of five children.

Larry Joined the National Guard and served in Idaho and Washington from 1970 to 1976. During this time he also obtained a private pilot license. Larry worked in sawmills most of his life performing just about every job imaginable, but mostly as a millwright fixing the machinery in the sawmills. He worked at JD Lumber in Priest River, Welco in Naples, as well as a few others mills near Bonners Ferry and Kalama, Washington. He also worked in the Lucky Friday mine at Mullan for a few years.

In addition he did various other jobs in construction, excavation and HVAC.

Larry loved spending time with his family, bowling, tinkering with mechanical things, flying, hiking, aviation, photography and watching wildlife while spending time in the mountains.

Larry is survived by his brother, Robert (Carol) Merrifield, Athol, sister Judy (Bruce) Ottoson, Spokane, children Jason (Heather) Merrifield, Hayden, Aaron (Danielle) Merrifield, Rathdrum, Jennifer Merrifield, Spokane, Isaac Merrifield, Hayden, and Adam (Melissa) Merrifield, Spokane Valley, seven grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, brother Jimmy Eugene Merrifield, parents and grandparents.

His smile and his soul will live on with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior in Heaven. To sign the online memorial please visit

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