Sylvester Merritt, age 72 passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska with his family. He was born on May 10, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska to James and Lonnie Merritt. He met the love of his life, his best friend and wife, Kimberly Dean in 1979. They recently celebrated 21 years of a beautiful union.
Sylvester Merritt (Vetta) loved to spend time with his family and friends. He is the true definition of a great father, husband and friend. He is known for always putting his Family First. He had a special place in his heart for his 11 grandchildren; Takasia, Dyrece Jr., Armon’e, Andreas, De’Marrio, Jimmiah, Zy’Yiah, Kiyan, Jaia, Dallas and Jaxson. He loved to watch football and basketball with his friends. He loved fishing, cooking, BBQ’ing, humming and whistling some of his favorite tunes.
Preceded in death by: Parents-James and Lonnie Merritt. Father and mother in-law-Dennis and Nancy Dean. Son-Dyrece Knaff. Sisters-Delores DeBerry and Casia Perry. Niece-Crystal Perry.
Survivors include: Wife-Kim, Children-Amber Dean (Diego), Brittany Hill (Steven), Sylvester Dean, Kyra Burton, Clayton Dean (Nichole) and Alishia Dean (Dominic). Siblings-Lawrence Parker, Jacquelyn Conway (Donald), Romona Merritt-Berry and Andre Merritt (Elouise).
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday February 29, 2020 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at The Salvation Army, 2625 Potter Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68503.
All deliveries and donations can be taken to Salvation Army the day of the celebration.
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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Condolences for Sylvester Merritt
You ALL are in my prayers. Kim if u need company get a hold of me. My mom said she loves you. We chopped memories of Vetta, he left many.
I’m so sorry for your loss My sincerest condolences May he RIP❤🙏🏾❤ Kim I love you and hope you’re at peace
I Love you Daddy! I miss you so much!!
Prayer and condolences to you and your family he was one of a kind
My family’s condolences go out to the Family of Sylvester Merritt, Vetta was a great person and long time friend. Ours hearts and prayers are with all of you.
Your at peace now dear friend this is not goodbye but see you again.