WOODBINE, Md.—Richard Roy Merkel, a minister for over 50 years, died Sept. 27 at age 85.

He was pastor of First Baptist Church, Thompson, Pennsylvania; Grace Baptist Church,, Laurel, Maryland; and Community Bible Church, Highland, Maryland. He also served on the board of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism and for 11 years was state representative of the Delmarva Baptist Fellowship.

One member of Community Bible Church at the time of Merkel’s pastorate says he “left a beautiful legacy of a life well lived, touching so many lives for the glory of God.”

He is survived by his wife, Anna, and their children, Annajoe Burke, Richard, Sandra Francis, James, and Matthew.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 3200 Ridge Rd. Westminster, MD 21157.