Dr. Ricardo Merlos, Col.USAR(Ret.)
January 25, 1945  -  October 13, 2018

Dr. Ricardo Merlos, Col.USAR(Ret.)


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James F. Webb Funeral Home
2514 7th Street
Meridian, MS  39301
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6 - 7 pm
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2514 7th Street
Meridian, MS  39301
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7:00 pm
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Dr. Ricardo Merlos, Col.USAR(Ret)

Dr. Ricardo Merlos passed away on Saturday October 13th, 2018, in Meridian. He was born January 17, 1945 in Santa Ana, El Salvador to Jose Fermin and Dolores Merlos. He grew up in San Salvador and in his youth had a curiosity for aviation, military service, and the medical field. He began his career in medicine at the University in El Salvador, and served as personal physician to a Salvadorian President for 3 years. He completed his residency and internship in Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. After graduation he was an esteemed professor at MCW. He moved to Pascagoula Mississippi in 1981 and worked on staff at Singing River Hospital for 36 years. In 2016 he began working at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian and served as the Medical Director of Anesthesia.
He had a deep passion for his profession as an anesthesiologist & physician. He loved spending time on the water,an avid fisherman, airplane pilot, and photographer.
He retired as a Colonel from the United States Army and served in the Army Reserves for 20 years. He was thrilled to repay and serve his country for his citizenship. He served in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, & Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Merlos is preceded in death by his beloved Grandmother Aminta “Mama Aminta” Aguilar de Guevara, his parents Jose Fermin Merlos and Dolores De Jesus Guevara de Merlos. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Darlene Altom Merlos, Sister Angela Merlos (Oscar) de Mendoza, his sons Ricardo Jose Merlos, R Ernesto (Antonieta) Merlos, 2 step-children Josiah (Monica) Overstreet and Mysteria (Fiancé Aaron Wells) Guthery, Grandchildren Marietta Guthery, Luke, Elijah, & Rhys Overstreet, Cousin Dr. Ben (Late Wife Gloria) Simo, Niece Aura Lucia Mendoza, Best Friends Dr. John (Phyllis) McCloskey, Edward (Mary) Jones, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. John McKee, Dr. Alfred McNair and Staff. Dr. John Voss and staff, Dr. Scott Anderson & staff, the staff of the 4th floor of Anderson Regional Medical Center, Colleagues and Peers from Anderson Regional Medical Center, Home Instead, and Harper’s Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at James F. Webb Funeral Home in Meridian, MS Tuesday October 16, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A second memorial service will be held at Riemann Funeral Home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and graveside service with military honors at Biloxi National Cemetery at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Resurrection Catholic School High School Campus. 520 Watts. Ave, Pascagoula MS 39567.

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  1. Randy Hampton
    Midlothian, TX

    God Bless the family and thank you for his service to our country. Randy Hampton

  2. Joseph Lawrence
    Madison, AL

    I am deeply saddened by learning that Dr. Merlos has passed on. He was such an amazing man, Doctor and father. An inspiration to us all. He helped raise some wonderful kids and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this moment of loss. I am grateful to have known Dr. Merlos and may he Rest In Peace.

  3. Darlene Merlos
    Meridian, MS

    You were the love of my life. My reason for living, my happiness. Will miss you every day until we are reunited.

  4. Julius Bosco
    , MS

    Great man and physian. Our prayers are with you

  5. Deborah Parten
    Toomsuba, MS

    A very special person and Dr He will be missed

  6. Jo Ann Fagan
    Moss Point, MS

    Hello Darlene. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Dr Merlos. I'm praying for you and your family.. Dr Merlos was loved by so many of us. Another angle in heaven for sure. I love you. Looking forward to seeing you.

  7. Jean jones
    Moss point, MS

    So sorry. I trusted this man very much. Was a good Dr and person. He will be missed. Take care Darlene

  8. Diane Busby, RN
    Moss Point, MS

    Darlene, I’m so sorry for your loss. I always thought so highly of Dr. Merlos and enjoyed working with him.

  9. Michelle Nowak
    Houston, TX

    Ernesto, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Jeff Day
    Lubbock, TX

    Ernesto.

    I am so sorry for your loss. Cristi and I are praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

    Blessings.

    Jeff

  11. Josh Gonzales
    Lancaster, TX

    Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...

  12. James Rainey, Lauderdale County Assessor, and Staff
    Meridian, MS

    We wish to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Ricardo Merlos.

  13. Mary L.Fantroy
    Moss Point, MS

    Sorry for your loss. God will see you through this sad time.

  14. Penny Linton
    Pascagoula, MS

    I truly respected Dr Merlos during my employment at SRHS. He was
    Beside me the day my son was born, along with my other surgeries. I remember he popped up at Dr Mcnair’s For my procedure there and we had a laugh about him always putting me to sleep every time every where! I trusted him
    with my life more than once. He will be greatly missed by so many. I wish his family peace with God’s love surrounding them during this difficult time.

  15. Penny Linton
    Pascagoula, MS

    I truly respected Dr Merlos during my employment at SRHS. He was
    Beside me the day my son was born, along with my other surgeries. I remember he popped up at Dr Mcnair’s For my procedure there and we had a laugh about him always putting me to sleep every time every where! I trusted him
    with my life more than once. He will be greatly missed by so many. I wish his family peace with God’s love surrounding them during this difficult time.

  16. Velma Guzman
    Lubbock, TX

    My condolences to you and your family!!

  17. Layna McBroom
    Gautier, MS

    I was so saddened to hear of Dr. Merlos’s passing. He was such a caring doctor and I always knew i was in good hands with him. And he was always so good to my entire family and my late father (Dr. McBroom) had the utmost respect for him. The community lost yet another fine doctor

  18. Christyne & Earl McGlawn
    Helena, MS

    Heaven has gained a new Angel. Dr. Merlos was a very special man to me. I loved working with him, had no worries when he handled my anesthesia needs and was a joy and blessing to our lives. I'll always remember him mocking me "fixin to, fixin to, what are fixin to?". Our hearts, love and prayers for Darlene and family/friends. Ricardo Merlos was an amazing man, kind/compassionate anesthesiologist/physician and a loyal/loving friend. Soar the heaven sky, Dr. Merlos.

  19. Deborah Bullock Henley
    Ocean Springs, MS

    Dr Merlos was a great Doctor and a wonderful man.
    I considered him one of my best friends and fellow colleague to work with many years in surgery. He will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to Darlene and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. Gale Roberts
    Biloxi, MS

    I'm sorry for your loss he was a very nice man to work with

  21. Donna Davis
    Meridian, MS

    Thank you for your service. I saw the obituary on Facebook through a friend and had to pay my respects.

  22. Evelyn Vickers
    Lucedale, MS

    Darlene this took me by surprise and I am so very sorry. Dr was always so very good to me and I enjoyed working with him. Those were wonderful happy times with a family-like group. You are in my prayers for I know how hard this time is. Love you Darlene

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