Richard A. "Rick" Merkel (1957 - 2012)


WALKER – Richard A. "Rick" Merkel, 54 years old of Walker and formerly of Jesup, died at his home Tuesday, April 10, following a lengthy illness. He was born Dec. 12, 1957, in Independence, the son of Robert Arthur Merkel and Patricia Marguerite McGrath.
Rick is survived by his parents, Robert and Patricia Merkel of Jesup; one sister, Kathleen (Tom) Perry of Mt. Pleasant; two brothers, Daniel (Christine) Merkel of Shell Rock, Randall (Teresa) Merkel of Independence; nieces and nephews. His grandparents and one nephew preceded him in death.
A Memorial Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, with inurnment at a later date in St. Athanasius Cemetery, Jesup. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13 at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, where there will be a 5:30 p.m. Parish Rosary and 7 p.m. Vigil Service. Memorial donations will be directed to charity to further Rick's love for children. Online condolences may be made to
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Apr. 12 to May 5, 2012