Kelly John Mertens, 61, went home to be with his Lord Jesus following a long battle with a brain aneurysm. Kelly was born December 25th, 1951 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to the late John Mertens, Jr. and Mona Ruth Mertens, and brother to Monica Paplham. He graduated from Sheboygan South High School in 1970, attended University of Wisconsin Whitewater where he graduated second in his class with a BA in Information Systems Technology, Magna Cum Laude. On August 11th 1973, Kelly was united in marriage to Linda Mary Dolfin of Oostburg, Wisconsin. Kelly's passing came only a few days before their 40th wedding anniversary. Kelly spent many years providing great leadership as a Corporate Executive. He had a very successful career in information technology and genuinely cared for his employees. He served First Reformed Church in Oostburg as a Deacon and then as an Elder at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He particularly enjoyed his service and employment at Young Life Ministries. Kelly was a wonderful father, he led and provided for his family with great love. He is survived his wife Linda, children: John Paul Mertens, Heather Kay Mertens, James Kelly Mertens, and Gabrielle Joy Mertens and five grandchildren; Sabrina, Teaya, Joy, Hannah, and Bethany. A Memorial Celebration will be 4:00PM, Thursday, July 25th, 2013, New Life Church World Prayer Center. Kelly had a tremendous Christian Faith that was evident in every aspect of his life; even in his recent health struggles. He will be greatly missed by all lives that were touched by his strong, fun-loving, and devoted spirit. Donations may be made to a memorial fund established for Kelly's daughter Gabby's college fund attention: "Kelly Mertens Memorial Fund", at Ent, PO Box 15819, Colorado Springs, CO 80935.