Dr. A. Meryl Grasse, founder of the Community Medical Center of Izard County, in Calico Rock, passed away January 29 at the age of 92. Dr. Grasse spent 63 years in Calico Rock, moving from the area last year, after his retirement in 2012.
A celebration of life service is being planned for Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Calico Rock.
Anthony Meryl Grasse, M.D.
Anthony Meryl Grasse, MD, passed away peacefully in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the age of 92. Born May 16, 1923 in Chalfont, PA to the late Anthony Myers Grasse and Lillian (Landis) Grasse, Dr. Grasse was an accomplished physician in family practice, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, dedicated to healthcare service. He lived most of his life in Calico Rock, from 1952 to 2015.
Dr. Grasse retired from being a physician at the age of 88, having delivered at least three generations of babies over his medical career.
Dr. Grasse graduated from Souderton High School in Bucks County, PA in 1940 and Goshen College, Goshen IN in 1943. He earned a degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 1947 and completed a surgery residency at York Hospital, York, PA. He served in overseas medical work in Ethiopia, East Africa and Indonesia 1948-1951, and Nigeria, West Africa 1964-1966 with the Mennonite Church. Dr. Grasse established a medical practice in Calico Rock in 1952 and built a hospital the Medical Center of Calico Rock in 1959, which was renamed the Community Medical Center of Izard County. He was active in the Mennonite Church in Arkansas, and was a founding member of Calico Rock Mennonite Fellowship.
Dr. Grasse was the husband of Gladys (Landis) Grasse, a nurse, for 63 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children – four daughters, Karen Grasse of Philadelphia, PA; Chloe Grasse and husband Linford Martin of Greencastle, PA; Carol Grasse of Boulder, CO; Gwendolyn Grasse and husband Steve Voran of Boulder, CO; two sons, Joel Grasse and wife Susan of Rogers, AR; Mark Grasse of Dallas, TX; five grandchildren, Joseph Grasse and wife Angela of Omaha, NE; Joshua Grasse and wife Dana of Spokane, WA; Hannah and Mariah Martin of Greencastle, PA; and Elleanna Voran of Boulder, CO; two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Olivia Grasse of Omaha, NE; two brothers, Willard Grasse and wife Gladys of Chalfont, PA; Warren Grasse and wife Linda of Telford, PA; two brothers were previously deceased, John Grasse (deceased 2005) and Alvin Grasse (deceased 2015). John is survived by his wife Mary Margaret of Calico Rock; Alvin is survived by his wife Ruth of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be sent in honor of: Dr. A. Meryl Grasse Memorial Hospital Fund, Community Medical Center of Izard County, c/o Kim Skidmore CEO, P.O. Box 438, Calico Rock, AR 75219.
Cremation services were entrusted to Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, 51 Asper Drive, Shippensburg, PA.

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