Herb Merrick is a well-traveled Freemason who has spent a significant amount of his life serving in the US Army. Born in Yokohama, Japan, he was raised in Forsyth, Missouri, where he still oversees the family farm. He was initiated in November of 1974 in the Forsyth Lodge 453 and later joined the Hancock Lodge 311 on Fort Leavenworth after settling in Lansing, Kansas with his family in 1994.
During his five years serving in Germany, Herb held various offices in the Forget-Me-Not 896 Lodge of the American Canadian Grand Lodge, including secretary for two years. In his home lodge, he has served as Master twice and has held every office except Treasurer. Herb has also served the Grand Lodge as District Deputy in 2009, Grand Pursuivant in 2013, and Grand Marshal in 2014. He has been an active member of several other Masonic organizations, including the Armed Forces Scottish Rite, Leavenworth and Heidelberg York Rite bodies, Abdallah Shrine, Byington Chapter 177 OES, Haworth Chapter 32 OES, and the National Sojourners of Fort Leavenworth.
Outside of Freemasonry, Herb is a professor at the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He is also an avid reader, with a particular interest in ancient and military history. In his free time, Herb enjoys the shooting sports, hunting, golf, and spending time with his granddaughter Evelyn.