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Obituary for Merlin K "Merl" Banks

Merlin K. Banks, 77 of Dayton, passed away on July 10, 2022 at Hospice of Dayton. Born and raised in Campton, KY (Wolfe Co.) he wanted nothing more than to leave KY and head to the prosperous Dayton, OH.

This is where he made his way into the hearts and stomachs of everyone. Twisting donuts since he was 16, he could make a twist in .001 seconds. Letting his kids sit, watch, and learn his craft. Donuts Inc. would pave the way for some of the donuts you have today. He then went to Dunkin Donuts on Woodman Dr. and other stores that needed his help. This is where he would work for many years. He then worked at and bought Sam's Donut shop in Huber Heights. He had lines that would wrap the store. The locals and the Army couldn't get enough. Once, when Jolly Pirate donuts changed hands and the new owners didn't have a baker, they would have him make their donuts and they would resell them. He would later sell and went to Dunkers Delight. After he retired, he was called by Bill's Donuts when he was unable to find a baker. For many years he brought you Bill's Donuts. All this made him the "Donut Man." Not to just the community but his nieces and nephews to date still call him, Donut Man. He sponsored many t-ball teams and became a pillar in the Huber Heights community.

Merlin was also a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, and best friend to the Banks clan. His family was his passion and his heart. His sense of humor kept us in laughter. His favorite place to eat, cut up and pick on the crew was at Bunny's Hasty Tasty. He loved to share his life stories. From the fun and trouble, he and his brothers got into to the history of how the Banks name came about and how Pete Rose is a cousin by way of his mom. The lessons learned are not something you can get from a textbook. Real life, real stories, and real history of the Banks for generations to come.

Merlin is preceded in death by his parents, Aaron Thrasher and Omie (Purdue) Banks, Harvey Banks, Johnnie Banks, Nathan Banks, Mildred Elizabeth (Betty) Banks, James Harlos Banks, Kenneth Banks, and grandson Joshua Lawson. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Ginger (Sweeney) Banks of Dayon; daughters, Tammy (Jeff) Anderson of Union, and Jennifer Fleming of Trotwood; sons, Bruce (Robin) Banks of Huber Heights, an Lewis (DonTing) Messer of Beavercreek; grandchildren, Brandon (Brandi) Banks of Huber Heights, Cory (Jessica) Banks of Huber Heights, Ashley Henderson (Ben Spencer) of Englewood, Nicklaus Anderson of Union, Aaron Lawson of Trotwood, Elisha Lawson of West Milton, Alex (Katie) Messer of Dayton, Cooper Messer of Dayton, and Yuxin Tian of Beavercreek; great-grandchildren, Blake Banks, Kiersten Banks, Hunter Banks, Brynne Henderson, Riley McDonley, Zander Lawson, and Madison Messer; and a host of other family and friends.

There will be a cremation with no services.

We thank you for the Love, support, and prayers during this difficult time.

His loving family.