Benjamin Bryant Merricks Jr.

02/02/1981 - 04/02/2020

Benjamin Bryant Merricks Jr.

 February 2,1981-April 2,2020


Benjamin Bryant Merricks Jr.,39, of Kansas City, Missouri passed on April 2,2020. Ben was born to Benjamin Bryant Merricks Sr, of Richmond Virginia, and Michele Kay Johnson, of Salina Kansas, at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona on February 2,1981. Ben was married to Anna Frances Vitale on September 22, 2008. Ben was a proud father to Holly Veda Merricks and Maggie May Merricks. Ben loved his family dearly and was an incredible father. He had a smile that could brighten the darkest of days, and was especially known for his warm, strong hugs. Ben enjoyed spending his time with his family in nature or traveling, going to the movies with his father, and playing video games with his friends. Ben was the type of person who would help anyone that he could to his fullest ability. He was a huge animal lover and loved his pets greatly. Ben had a big heart and a playful spirit. He often had nicknames for those around him and always loved a great prank. Ben is greatly missed by all that loved him dearly and will forever live on in our hearts. 

Ben is survived by Wife, Anna Merricks; Daughter, Holly Merricks; Daughter, Maggie Merricks; Father, Benjamin Merricks Sr.; Sister, Heidi Beatty(Josh Beatty); Nephew, Jordan Merricks; Niece, Kylee Zerbe; Father in law, Paul Vitale; Mother in law, Grace Vitale; Brother in law, Bennie Vitale(Lori Vitale);Brother in law, Tony Vitale; Sister in law Katie Grither (Matt Grither), and many nieces and nephews that loved him dearly.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a fund supporting the future educations of Ben’s daughters, Holly and Maggie. Contributions may be sent in care of Larkin and Garcia Funeral Care (please note for the benefit of Holly and Maggie Merricks). Alternatively, you may submit your contribution via Venmo (@Anna-Merricks).

17 Responses

  1. Jessica Kelly says:

    Anna, we are sending you and your girls love and light. We are so sorry for your loss.

  2. Clay Eskina says:

    Beautiful soul!
    Again.. Celebrate his goodness. What too soon! At Gods Speed! ❤️

  3. Debbie Holmes says:

    Dearest Ben, I hope you’re in peace and you are laid to rest. I will miss your generous warm infectious smile. Anna, my dear friend, my heart hurts for you, Holly, and Maggie. Big hugs. He’s safe now.

  4. Mark says:

    Am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and love for all of you.

  5. Brian Morahan says:

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. I know no words are enough to comfort you in these difficult times.

  6. Amanda Peterson says:

    Rest in peace Ben. I’m sending my love and prayers to Anna, the girls, and your family.

  7. john picerno says:

    Ben was such a nice guy! This comes as a shock. Peace and prayers to his family! R.I.P.

  8. Steve Weber says:

    Heidi, I’m so sorry to hear about the death of your brother. He was way to young.

  9. Lonnie Kessler says:

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My you find the peace and comfort you need.

  10. Kathy Armilio says:

    Dear Anna – I am so sorry to hear about Ben. I always loved to see him at the basketball games with Holly. If we can do anything for your family let us know. John & Kathy Armilio

  11. Pietro Corte says:

    thinking of you and whole family .
    In our thoughts and Prayers.
    Pietro & Linda Corte

  12. Goebel James says:

    Was a great person who would do anything for you miss you man rip

  13. Sherri Park says:

    Love, hugs and prayers to Anna, Holly, Maggie and all of Ben’s family. Thinking about all of you during this difficult time.

  14. Anna Kaiser says:

    Anna,I am thinking of you and I hope you and your daughters find comfort in the wonderful memories you hold dear. Prayers and hugs.
    Anna Kaiser

  15. Anna Kaiser says:

    Anna,I am thinking of you and and your daughters at this difficult time.Prayers and hugs.
    Anna Kaiser

  16. Steve Armstrong says:

    I had the privilege of working with Ben in 2001. What a great guy. My condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

  17. Jennifer M. Johnson says:

    Hello Ben,

    I was so sorry to hear about Bennie. I am truly sorry for your heartache.
    My deepest condolences.

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