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