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John P. Merkel, 73, of Millcreek Twp., died Thursday, May 8, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital.
He was born March 9, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey, son of the late John and Blanche Majewski Merkel.
John served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1967. For many years he owned Chem-Dry Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning of Erie. He retired as a bus driver for Coach USA. He was a member of the Nuova Aurora Society and the Elks Lodge
. He loved to play bocce and go fishing.
Survivors include his long-time companion of 20 years, Barbara Trocki Cullen of Millcreek; four children, and two sisters.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emmaus Ministries of Erie or Erie DAWN.
The Carl A. Slomski & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2101 Ash St., is handling arrangements.
Slomski Funeral Home
2101 Ash Street
Erie, PA 16503
Published in the Erie Times-News on May 11, 2014