Victor E. Mertz, of Lodi passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the age of 97. He was born in Tolstoy, South Dakota on January 6, 1917, to Jacob and Martha Mertz. He married his loving and beautiful wife, Ruby E. Mertz on October 12, 1938.
He and Ruby moved to Lodi in 1945 and started a general contracting and masonry company with his cousin Edgar Mertz and another relative Ted Entzi, but continued to go back to South Dakota to help with the family farm. He was also an amazing carpenter. Victor has been a member of Hilborn and Fairmont Seventh-Day Adventist Churches for some combined 68 years.
He was truly a remarkable and wonderful man. He was an exceptional role model to all who knew him. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He always had a wonderful outlook on life, A smile that could light up the room and a sense of humor that everyone loved. He lived his life in the truth of Love not seeking to teach but to enrich. He did not proclaim himself with a loud voice, but in the subtle realms of loving. He saluted all his family from the past who blazoned the path and paid the price. He dedicated his life to silent loving of thy wife, children and neighbor whilst carrying out life's tasks', however exalted or humble.
He is survived by his loving son, Gary Mertz and daughter, Marlys Mertz; loving grandfather to Nini Mertz, Ashlee Coffman, Alexa Aftias-Mertz and Jake Mertz; loving great-grandfather to Clint Fanucchi, Victoria Manning, Cherise Manning-Booher, and Alison Mumm; and loving great-great grandfather to Aiden Fanucchi.
He was preceded in death by his loving and beautiful wife, Ruby Mertz; his grandson, Tom Mertz; his parents, Jacob and Martha; and sister, Mildred Schack.
He will never be forgotten he lives in all of our hearts forever and always.
Friends are invited for visitation on Saturday, April 26, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Monday, from 8:00 AM until 10:30 AM at Lodi Funeral Home. Services will be held at Fairmont Seventh-day Adventist Church on Monday, April 28 at 12 Noon. Committal will be private. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.