Age 90, of Louisville, KY, passed away surrounded by his family on December 14, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Eva Kaplin, his sister, Reva Lee Strauss and his brother, Phil “Pinky” Kaplin.
Merle is survived by his soulmate Dorothy, who he was married to for 69 loving years. He is also survived by his daughters, Sheryl (Mel) Gross of Minneapolis, MN, Marsha (John) Skuller of Frederick, MD, and Myra (Nathan) Goldman of Louisville, KY; his brother, Larry Kaplin of Louisville, KY; 10 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family. Merle was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to everyone.
Merle graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy in 1950 and was a practicing pharmacist until he retired at the age of 80. He was a Mason and Shriner, a member of Keneseth Israel Congregation, and supported a number of charitable causes in the community. A special thank you to the hospice staff at Baptist Health for their loving care and support during his final days. He will be missed by all.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2018 at Keneseth Israel Cemetery, 2800 Preston Highway. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to Palliative Care Unit at Baptist Health Louisville (supportbaptisthealth.org), the Susan G. Koman For the Cure (ww5.koman.org), the Parkinson’s Association (Parkinson.org) or the Alzheimer’s Foundation (alz.org).