Ernest H. Merkel, 93, of Kutztown, died Dec. 26, 2012 in Laurel Center Genesis Elder Care, Tilden Township. He was the widower of Sarah J. (Phillips) Merkel, who died Jan. 28, 2007.
Born in West Reading, he was a son of the late Harvey and Edna (Herring) Merkel.
Mr. Merkel was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII.
He was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Kutztown.
Ernest was employed many years as a leather repairman for the former Guth's Luggage, Allentown and Bethlehem. He also did leather repair work out of his home. After his retirement he worked as a security guard for Wells Fargo Security.
Survivors: Sons, Albert T. Merkel and Neal L. Merkel with whom he formerly resided; daughter, Barbara (Merkel) wife of Charles Katzman, Fleetwood. There are three grandchildren, Brant, Marina and Owen. He was predeceased by a sister, Mildred E. (Merkel) Bailey.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 31, at 10:30 a.m. from Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown with Reverend James R. Hammond officiating. Interment in New Bethel Zion Cemetery, Greenwich Township. Friends may call Monday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Online condolences may be recorded at www.ludwickfh.com.
Published in Mercury on Dec. 28, 2012