In Memory

John Merker

John Merker

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10/29/12 08:44 PM #1    

Robert McLaren

I was one of several of John's buddies. He is famous for quotes like, "It's 90 miles to Elgin.",

"Sh*t Troulesia", and others that have faded into the past.  John was a  heavy camel smoker and he was taken by

emphysema. O'Kiersey, Traver and Mitchell were in the group as well as Williamson and D'Addio.

John and Pat O'K raced to  Ron Mitchell's house from River Forest to South Oak Park and Pat was parked with me at shotgun by the time John got there. He could not figure out how Pat did it. Pat used the Congress/Eisenhower expressay to cut the time. The expression on John's face was priceless.

I saw John a few times for lunch with his oxygen tank in tow some years ago.  He was a friend that was entertaing but had his serious moments.

He is in a better place.

Bob McLaren

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