Merlin Ernst Herbert - Passed away on February 03, 2022

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Merlin Ernst Herbert
  • Passed away on February 03, 2022

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Merlin (Buddy) Ernst Herbert

Merlin (Bubby) Ernst Herbert of Ocala Florida passed away peacefully on February 3rd, 2022, at the age of 93 years old.

Buddy was born August 18, 1928, in New Orleans Louisiana to Earl & Emily Luke Herbert. He attended Mater Dolorosa Grade School, S.J. Peters High School, St. Aloysius High School and Soule’s Business College in New Orleans.  Buddy served as a Navy Reservist and served in the United States Army during the Korean War obtaining the rank of Corporal.  At the age of 16, He began working for the Illinois Central Railroad and retired after 43 years of service.  After retirement, he loved to travel and visited 49 state capitals. He was an active member of the VFW Chapter in Metairie Louisiana.  He was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala Florida where he lived for the last 15 years. His hobbies included fishing, travel, and reading.

Buddy is preceded in death by his parents: Earl & Emily Herbert, his siblings: Gloria, Earl Jr. (Butch), Bill, Jack, and his grandson Andrew Herbert.

Buddy is survived by his wife of 66 years, Josie Guidry Herbert. His sons: Douglas Herbert of St. Petersburg, Florida; David (Pam) Herbert of Stephens City Virginia.  His grandchildren: Keith Herbert of Richmond Virginia, Jessica Herbert of Portland Oregon, Kaitlyn (Dave) Knause of Charlotte North Carolina. His sister Betty, Sanders of Mandeville Louisiana. He is also survived by his sister in laws: Jane Herbert of Ocala Florida and Teresa Herbert of Avondale Louisiana, Godchildren. and many Nieces and Nephews.

A visitation will be held February 24th at 2:30pm with a funeral service at 3:00pm to 4:00pm at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala Florida.  A reception will follow the service in the Blessed Trinity Community Center.  A visitation and funeral service will be held in March at The Garden of Memories in Metairie Louisiana, Internment will follow.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Brothers Keepers of Ocala, FL, or Marion County Hospice, or St Jude Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place Chapel, 954 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Suite 200, Ocala, FL 34470. PH: 352-236-5884.

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  1. Cathy Cavalier says:
    18 Feb 2022
    Buddy (Merlin) was one of the nicest men I have met. My husband and I moved to the neighborhood about 5 years ago. Buddy was always so kind and so positive. He always had fun stories to recount and you could tell he enjoyed life! He will truly be missed but he is in a better place now.

  2. Constance K Quigley says:
    18 Feb 2022
    I met buddy when I moved to Woodland Village in 2008. Buddy lived across the street from me and my husband. He welcomed us to the neighborhood and gave us some very important information. Many is the day we would stand in the middle of the road and solve the worlds problems. He told me of his trips and his work. He told me how he met his beloved Josie. He was a great neighbor and a special friend I will miss him. God bless you Buddy you’ll have new people to talk to in heaven. And you will be missed so much here. Rest in peace dear friend.

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