Age 66, passed away early Monday morning, July 29, 2019. Ed was born in Kalamazoo on November 4, 1952, the son of Albert Edwin and Viola (Worden) Merchant. He loved traveling and playing golf. Ed was an avid reader of mysteries and had an interest in history and ancestry. He is survived by his husband/partner of 36 years, Steve Burhans of Kalamazoo; a sister in law, Ginger (Pat) Burnham of Scotts; brothers in law, Jerry Burhans of Kalamazoo and David Burhans of Espanola, NM; 4 nephews; 1 great-niece and 3 great-nephews; and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Robin Merchant, and a brother, Jeff Merchant. A service to commemorate Ed's life will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Niko's Landing, 5852 King Highway, Comstock. To make a lasting gift in Ed's memory you are invited to consider Lending Hands of Michigan or Southern Care. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at www.joldersma-klein.com.