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Truck procession honors Frank Merrill

A longtime Pepsi employee who died in October will be remembered with a procession of roughly 200 semi-trucks Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at the Pepsi plant in Mount Angel.

The memorial convoy will head to the Pacific Northwest Truck Museum in Brooks where a service will be held for Frank Merrill, who died in Mount Angel Oct. 25 at age 62.

Merrill was the senior driver at the plant and managed their fleet of trucks. He was also president of the museum and chairman of the annual Brooks Truck Show.

Trucks for the procession, which are limited to tractors without trailers, are expected to start staging at 11 a.m. and the procession will begin around noon. The Mt. Angel Police Department has agreed to help guide traffic and escort the trucks out of the city. 

Police Chief Mark Daniel said people can expect “an awful lot of semi-trucks in town” that day.

Merrill is being remembered as a central figure in the trucking community. 

The museum described him on Facebook as a “friend and brother,” while 10-4 Magazine said Merrill was a “great man” who will be missed.

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