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LONDONDERRY, NH: Merle A. Centner, 87, formerly of Derry, N.H., passed away at home with his family by his side and with the assistance of Compassionate Care Hospice of Londonderry, N.H. Born in Willowick, Ohio, Merle was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War. After his military service, he worked for the U.S. Government as a logistics engineer working on the Nike Ajax, Nike Hercules, and Hawk missile defense systems, retiring after 35 years of service. Merle started a second career with Huffy Service First, retiring as a regional manager after several years of service. He was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, and also a ham radio enthusiast. While residing and working at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, in response to the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964, Merle was instrumental in setting up and maintaining an emergency ham radio communications network between the Greater Fairbanks area and the southern parts of the State of Alaska that had been devastated by the 9.2 magnitude earthquake. The network enabled vital resources and assistance to begin flowing to those areas hardest hit by the quake. He was predeceased by Miyoko, his wife of 64 years. He is survived by his daughter, Helen Collipi and her husband, Ralph of Londonderry, N.H.; son, Albert Centner and his wife, Susan of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.; granddaughter, Nikki Sue Cruikshank and her husband, Scott, their daughter and Merle's great-granddaughter, Lily Miyoko of Newbury, Mass.; and granddaughter, Kristina Collipi of Derry, N.H. He is also survived by his sister, Winifred Lafferty of Northport, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours. A private memorial with be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Merle's name to the Animal Rescue Veterinarian Services Ethel Brant Memorial Fund, 194 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, NH 03053.
Published on  July 27, 2015
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