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Gerhardt Merkel

1925 - 2014 Notice Condolences
Gerhardt Merkel Notice

Gerhardt Merkel, age 89, passed away peacefully at home the morning of August 12, 2014. Gerhardt was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 9, 1925, to William Paul Gerhardt Merkel & Pearl Eck Merkel. Gerhardt served in the U.S. Coast Guard & was a combat veteran 3/19/43 - 5/23/46. He worked at Westinghouse for 15 years as a machinist. In 1966, Gerhardt left to take over the family business & was president of Henry Merkel, Inc., where he worked until he retired in 1987. He was preceded in death by his wife Magdalene Merkel & his sister Katherine Davis. Gerhardt is survived by his 3 sons: Kurt, Wayne, & Paul. He is also survived by his 2 daughters-in-law: Susan & Darlene, 4 grandchildren: Kristen, Matthew, Jaclyn, & Michelle, & 4 great grandchildren. Gerhardt is fondly remembered by family & friends as a loving father, caring grandfather & great grandfather, avid gardener, member of the VFW, proud patriot & veteran, & reveler of Jack Daniels. Gerhardt was surly; he stuck to his guns, spoke his mind, & always made us laugh. He will be truly missed. No services will be held. Memorial contributions are welcome & should be mailed to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21931.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Aug. 15, 2014
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