Merwin "Tyke" Staines, age 90, died of natural causes June 5, 2013. He was born in Albion but grew up in Buffalo, NY. Tyke served in the Marine Corps 1942-1946, partly in the Pacific and was called back for the Korean Conflict, 1950-1951. He married Marilynn Miller in 1947, earned a BS degree from Buffalo State Teachers College, taught shop in Colorado for two years and earned a master's degree from the University of Colorado. After Korea he taught for 28 years at Euclid, OH, the last 15 as a Guidance Counselor. After retirement in 1978, they moved to Orlando, FL and spent summers at their cottage on Lake Ontario in NY for 41 years.
Tyke is survived by his wife, Marilynn and a daughter, Kathy, who is a Navy veteran.
Tyke will be cremated with no showing and there will be a memorial service at the Gaines Congregation United Church of Christ, 14023 Ridge Rd., Albion, Wednesday, June 12, at 11:00 AM, followed by military honors. Memorials may be made to the Cobblestone Society, P.O. Box 363, Albion, NY 14411; or Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411.
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