JEFFERSON - Lifelong Jefferson Township resident Henry "Hank" Merz, 60, died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Hank was born Feb. 29, 1952, in Dover. He was a Boy Scout and altar boy. He graduated from Jefferson Township High School, was a standout athlete and attended Clemson University. He was previous captain of the Milton First Aid Squad. Hank was currently employed as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for Jefferson Township Police Department. He was the owner and operator of HDM Automotive Machine, Dover, for more than 25 years. Loving husband, proud father, devoted grandfather, brother and friend. He gave selflessly. His sarcasm and sense of humor will be sorely missed. Hank enjoyed riding and rebuilding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. He enjoyed adventures, trips and camping with his family. Survived by loving wife of 42 years and high school sweetheart, Deborah Tresslar Merz; daughters, Lori Merz, Kerrie Merz, Janeen Merz Doyle and Amanda Merz Beyus; grandchildren, Elias, Tryna, Abigael, Kane, Cavan, Lena, Hayden, Fintan, Rhealyn, Neyland and Graham; great-grandchild, Elianna; siblings, William Merz, Kathy Dockray, Patricia Murphy and Suzanne DiBernard. At his request, a celebration of his life will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post 423, 28 Legion Road, Oak Ridge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Hank Merz Memorial Fund" and mailed to: PBA Local 190, 1032 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438. The Goble Funeral Home, Sparta, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.goblefuneral.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 17, 2013