Merrill grew up in Indiana, being, amongst other things, a tractor mechanic
before joining the U.S. Air Force and becoming an officer & a gentleman.
Not to mention a B-52 navigator.
They met at a wedding in California in June, 1964.
The next thing you know, in Karen's photo album, there are pictures of their
bridal showers dated in December of 1964!
They were married on April 17th, 1965, in Carmichael, California.
They resided in many places. Usually any place there was an Air Force facility.
In rapid succession, three children were born (Danny, Alissa & Greg).
As if they weren't enough, they fostered many other children as well.
They adopted their fourth child, Kendra, a gift from Korea, in 1976.
Merrill retired from the Air Force about 1980, and was
called to serve a position with Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Karen & Merrill accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior around this time.
Here are some scans of Alissa's folks!