Wayne Merritt was born Sept. 12, 1929, to Wade and Mabel Merritt in Enid. He passed from this life on May 13, 2014, in Ardmore at a local hospital.

Wayne married the love of his life, Catherine Hughes, on June 6, 1948, in Enid, and they celebrated more than 65 years of marriage. They raised two children together.

Wayne served in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. Wayne was a graduate of Oklahoma University with a B.S. in accounting. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 18 years, at which point he started Tax Seminars Inc. in 1982 and taught oil and mineral taxation seminars throughout the southwestern United States. In addition, he worked in Ratliff City for Naomi Downey as an accountant and tax consultant for 32 years.

Wayne loved his church, the First Baptist Church of Ardmore. He loved to teach and speak publicly. He taught Sunday school classes for more than 50 years, and often he would pastor services for neighboring churches when called upon. Wayne was actively involved with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and served in various officer positions on the NAMI board. Wayne loved to help people and lived his life so that he could help others.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wayne is survived by his wife Catherine of Ardmore, son Alan Merritt of San Francisco, daughter DiAn Stewart of Norman, and sister Lova Britian of Wichita, Kan.

A service celebrating the life of Wayne will be at 2 p.m. Friday May 16, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Ardmore. Private graveside services are scheduled.

Online condolences can be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com.