Merle Doud

Merle H. Doud

Saturday, March 10th, 1923 - Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
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WATERFORD Merle H. Doud, 97, formerly of South St. entered into eternal life Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica.

Merle was born in Boonville to Henry and Clara Beals Doud. At a young age he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and served in the European Theatre during WW II where he attained the rank of Tech. Sergeant. Returning home after the war, on June 26, 1948 he married the love of his life Catherine Johnson Doud. Together they moved to Waterford in 1954 where they raised their family and became an integral part of the community.

Merle worked as a lab technician at GE Silicones in Waterford for 40 years until his retirement in 1992. He served on and was a past president of the Waterford Halfmoon Board of Education and was a former Village Trustee. Always a history buff, he was the former Waterford Village Historian and past president of the Waterford Museum & Cultural Center. He was a member of the Friends of the Mohawk Towpath Byway. He also belonged to the Apollo-King Solomon’s Masonic Lodge #13 in Troy for over 60 years.

Merle was known for his love of traveling and camping. Over the years he and his wife drove across the country 8 times. He also loved the theater. He performed, directed and supported the arts throughout his life.

Faith was always an important part of Merle’s life. He has been a longtime member of the Living Hope United Methodist Church in Waterford where he served in many capacities including Church Lay Leader and past president of the United Methodist Men.

In addition to his beloved wife of 71 years Catherine, Merle is survived by his loving daughters, Carolyn E. Doud (Jonathan D. Pierce) and Janet E. Doud all of Albany as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by a sister, Virginia Rieben.

Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St., Waterford and at 10:30 a.m. at the Living Hope United Methodist Church in Waterford. Interment will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Masks will be required and social distancing regulations observed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Living Hope United Methodist Church, 126 Middletown Rd., Waterford, NY 12188 or the Waterford Museum, 2 Museum Ln, Waterford, NY 12188.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street (Rte. 32)
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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  • Service

    Friday, December 4th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Friday, December 4th, 2020 10:30am
    Living Hope United Methodist Church
    126 Middletown Road
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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    Rev. Danyal Mohammadzadeh
  • Interment

    Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Rd
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  • U.S. Army Air Force
  • EAME Theatre Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Masonic Lodge
  • United Methodist Church
  • United Church Mens Club
  • WWII Victory Medal


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Wally Haley

Posted at 04:22pm
We're sorry to hear of Merle's passing. When we moved to Waterford thirty four years ago, he and Catherine were very kind to us and helped us become familiar with the community. We were their guests at the Museum Christmas party that year. Whenever we met them, they were happy to visit. For those things we will always remember and be grateful. Wally and Karen Haley.

Mary and Mallory

Posted at 01:19pm
With much love, Mary and Mallory
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Lori Pincher

Posted at 07:48pm
Janet & Carolyn, I pray the love of God embraces you during your journey through grief. Your dad was amazing! Peace, Blessings & Love, Lori Pincher
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Joyce Bryson

Posted at 11:17am
It was my honor to be Merle's pastor for a brief time in Waterford when we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the church and our community Thanksgiving service. Merle's love of the history of the community and the church was of great help in planning these events. But what I remember most was his humility, his sense of humor and one of the kindest and most gentle spirits I have had the pleasure of knowing. Together with Catherine they extended the love of Christ to those who came to worship with us at our church that became Living Hope UMC. "Well done good and faithful servant..." In Christ's love, Pastor Joyce

Pastor Joyce Bryson

Posted at 10:51am
Merles faith was like this tree. The roots of it drew deep into the soil and its branches grew high reaching up to heaven. Grace & peace
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