Merrill Womach

Merrill Paul Womach (1927 - 2014)

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Merrill Paul Womach
Born in Spokane, Washington, United Statesmap
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Died in Spokane, Washington, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 7 Aug 2019 | Created 25 Jan 2019
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Merrill Paul Womach, renowned singer, was the third child born to Owen Womach and Ruby Bursch on February 7, 1927, Spokane, Washington. He attended Spokane schools and graduated from North Central High School in 1944. In school, he participated in Track and Baseball, was in the Band and many Musical Plays. He came from a Christian family and his father Owens' occupation was listed as a Pentecostal minister on the 1930 Census. He was only ten years old when he sang at his first funeral. His voice is where his future took him. His tenor sound, a gift for all those who had the opportunity to hear. A line in his yearbook reads, "Swoonatra" Womach leaves all the gals still screaming " Oh, Merrill, you send me! " He started singing on a radio show during college, and also sang at many more funerals. He attended and graduated from Northwest Bible College in Seattle in 1948. This is where he met his future wife Virginia Koch . They married and had three children. He started a business in 1958 called the "National Music Service" which provided funeral music for Spokane and all across the United States and Canada. He created and developed a special sound system that played recordings that sounded live. His company built, installed and serviced over 6000 music cabinets to funeral homes in all 50 States. On Nov 23rd, 1961 he was piloting the company plane on business when it stalled on takeoff and it crashed in the woods in Beaver Marsh, Oregon. He was burned so badly on his face and hands that he was unrecognizable, but he lived and used his experience as a testimony about his life. He wrote about his experience and the effect it had on him and his family. He traveled and performed all over the United States, and recorded several albums. He also performed with local high schools in his hometown. In 1989 he wrote and produced a video memory of his mother Ruby. He felt it was a beautiful tribute and wanted others to experience the same with their loved ones, so he created an offshoot to his company called "Video Tribute Program". It was available to funeral homes in 48 States. In 1991 he expanded more with "'International Video Assoc.'" and offered personal video letters for free to send to soldiers overseas. By the end of the '90s, his company provided music to over 10,000 funeral homes around the country. He retired his company name in 2006 and his daughter Judie continued his work through her company, Global Distribution Network. His contributions to our country have made a difference in all our lives. Merrill died peacefully December 28, 2014, in Spokane. His music services are still used today and his voice will never die.

  • Residence (1930) Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States
  • Residence (1935) Same Place
  • Residence (1940) Area D, Spokane, Spokane City, Spokane, Washington, United States
  • Burial (2014) Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane County, Washington, United States


  • 1930 Census Record Link "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch  : 8 December 2015), Washington > Spokane > Spokane > ED 18 > image 33 of 40; citing NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).
  • 1940 Census Record Link "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch  : accessed 16 May 2019), Washington > Spokane > Spokane City, Spokane, Area D > 41-44 Spokane City (Area D - part) > image 40 of 46; citing Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012.
  • Merrill Womachs daughter, Judie (Womach) Sowards, Music Company Global Distribution Network, Inc. Previously the "National Music Service" founded in 1958 by Merrill Family's Music Company
  • Merril Womach Trade ad for Merrill Womach's single "A Time For Us".Billboard May 17, 1969 Pg. 87 Billboard News
  • Merrill Womach 1975 Documentary video link "He Restoreth My Soul" with the song "Happy Again"- You Tube Video
  • Merrill Womach 1976 Autobiography of his recovery titled "Tested by Fire" Google Books
  • Merrill Womach- People Magazine article July 27 1981News Article
  • KSPS TV -Public Television Spokane Wa.- Show: Northwest Profiles- Featuring Merrill Womach You Tube Video

See Also

Merrill Womachs recordings include these albums:
  1. 1960 - My Song
  2. 1967 - I Believe in Miracles
  3. 1968 - Merrill Womach Sings Christmas Carols
  4. 1969 - A Time For Us
  5. 1970 - Surely Goodness and Mercy
  6. 1973 - I Stood At Calvary
  7. 1974 - Happy Again
  8. 1976 - Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory
  9. 1977 - In Concert
  10. 1977 - In Quartet
  11. 1977 - New Life Collectible
  12. 1979 - Images Of Christmas
  13. 1979 - My Favorite Hymns
  14. 1980 - Reborn
  15. 1981 - Classical
  16. 1981 - I'm A Miracle, Lord
  17. 1981 - Merrill
  18. 1983 - Feelin Good
  19. 1985 - Thank You, Lord
This is a list of a few of the thousands of obituaries that Merrill Womach is in across the country This sampling is in no particular order.

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