Merritt Diggins

December 29, 1913 - August 31, 2008

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Local businessman and attorney Merritt Diggins, 94, of Kendallville died Sunday, August 31, 2008, at 11 p.m. at his residence.

Mr. Diggins was a graduate of Kendallville High School. He graduated in 1936 from the Indiana University School of Law. He practiced law in the firm of Emerick & Diggins in Kendallville for over 40 years.

Merritt has a wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and was an avid bridge player.

He served on the local school board, was a member of the Emeritus Club at Indiana University, Kendallville Lions Club, the Kendallville Elks Club where he served as Exalted Ruler, and was one of the founders of the Kendallville Bank & Trust Co. He attended Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville.

He was born December 29, 1913, in Kendallville to Frank and Inez (Black) Diggins. On June 15, 1940, he married Anna Katherine Greenawalt.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Craig Trees of Anderson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Pat Diggins of Cullowhee, North Carolina, and Dan and Nancy Diggins of Kendallville; grandchildren, Michael Diggins, Stephen Diggins, Matt and Meghan Trees, Amy and Luke Pridgeon, Betsy Trees, and Bebe and Chris Hollingshead.; two great granddaughters, Hannah Pridgeon and Emma Trees; and caregivers, Martha Debes and Dolores Chorpenning.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ann K. Diggins on March 4, 2004.

Services will be Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at 3 p.m. at the Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville, with Rev. G. Scott Pattison of Trinity Church United Methodist, Kendallville officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Casketbearers will be Michael Diggins, Stephen Diggins, Matthew Trees, Betsy Trees, Bebe Hollingshead, and Chris Hollingshead.

Calling will be Wednesday, September 3, 2008, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Parkview Noble Home Health and Hospice or the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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John Geiser
September 15th, 2008 2:59pm
Lacon,il 61540

Dianne,Bill&Dan--What fond memories i have of Merritt and Ann from high school days on.Its never easy to lose a parent and especially when both are gone.Peg and i have often remarked how orphans must feel even in spite of the years we all enjoyed them with us .My thoughts and prayers are with all of you .John

Peter Atkin
September 4th, 2008 2:43pm

Dan: My regrets to you and your family. I still clearly remember the several conversations he and I had in your lobby and library - each humorous but at the same time insightful and of poignant interest.

Leslie Smith
September 4th, 2008 1:33pm

Dianne Trees - So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Leslie

Marsha Hill McKenzie
September 3rd, 2008 11:58pm
Kalamazoo, MI

Bill, Dan & Dianne, I have been thinking of your dad off and on and wondering how his health was. I am so sorry to learn that he died this past weekend. My aunt saw it in the Ft. Wayne paper and called me. My dad, Harold Hill, and mother and stepfather, Vern & Kathleen Steckley had great times with Merritt and Ann. I visited them several times at their new home on the golf course and they really seemed to enjoy it there. Your dad had a very long life and was blessed to remain in his own home with caregivers. Enjoy your memories of your mom and dad and all the family times together.

Byron Harrod
September 3rd, 2008 10:08pm
Williamsburg, VA

Dianne, We are sorry to hear of your dad\'s passing. He was a good man who enjoyed a full life with a wonderful family. Stay well, Byron & Sue

Kathy Brennan Smith
September 3rd, 2008 8:45pm

Diane, I am so sorry that I missed the visitation this afternoon. Thought it would be tonight but just scanned the obit. I know your dad has been failing for some time now. It is still hard to loose a dad. 94 years. That\'s a long time to be on this earth. You and your family are in my thoughts as you go thru all the stuff that has to happen next. Let me know if I can be of any help. Don\'t know what that would be but stay in touch if something comes up. Best Regards Kathy

Rolland Kruger
September 3rd, 2008 5:04pm

Merritt will be sadly missed. Hunting golfballs. Merritt did a lot for the community.

Melissa Warwick
September 3rd, 2008 1:03pm

Our community lost a pillar! Merrit will definatly be missed.

Rex Emerick, Jeanne Reade, Janet & Nevin
September 3rd, 2008 12:18pm

Our sympathies on the death of Merritt. The loss of a parent is deeply felt no matter what age. Your memories will be your treasure.

Charley & Sara Fisher
September 2nd, 2008 9:28pm
Kendallville, IN

To the Diggins family, Our sympathy to you in the loss of your father. You can be proud of the long and prosperous life he lead.

September 2nd, 2008 6:44pm