Merlin Tryon
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Obituary of Merlin Tryon

Merlin Leon Tryon, 79, of Brookfield, beloved husband of Renate Tryon, died at Danbury Hospital on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.  He was born in Thatcher, AZ, son of the late Merlin Oscar and Josephine (Haley) Tryon. 

Merlin was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, serving stateside with the United States Marine Corps.  He worked for many years as a pilot for Pan Am. 

The son of a career Officer with the United States Army, Merlin traveled the world from the time he was a child, into adulthood.  He was passionate about politics, reading and enjoying his home and family. 

In addition to his wife, of 46 years, Renate, he will be sadly missed by his four children, Amanda Tryon Johnson and her husband, Alan, Juliana Tryon Ranaudo and her husband, Jeffrey, Vickie Shaffer and her husband, Archie, and Christine Linder; his seven grandchildren, Arabella Johnson, Eloise Ranaudo, Alyssa Wells, Lauren Curtis, Daniel, Kimberly and Nina Linder; his step granddaughter, Athena Johnson; and his sisters, Margaret Tryon and Carolyn Abbey.

He was predeceased by his dear grandson, Alexander Merlin Johnson; and his sister, Shirley Lindgren. 

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers, donations to “Homes for our troops” ( in Merlin’s name, would be appreciated.   


High Flight 
By John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, 
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; 
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds - 
and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - 
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. 
Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along 
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. 

"Up, up the long delirious burning blue 
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, 
where never lark, or even eagle, flew; 
and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod 
the high untrespassed sanctity of space, 
put out my hand and touched the face of God."

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