Passed away on January 4, 2013 in Santa Rosa. Devoted husband of Sarah Merkel of Petaluma. Beloved father of Ryan Merkel (Amanda) of Brentwood and Randy Merkel (fiancée Michaelle Davis) of Sacramento. Adored grandfather of Braydon and Brianna Merkel. Cherished son of Norma Merkel and the late George Merkel. Loving brother of Rod Merkel (Pat), Warren Merkel, Steve Merkel (Ann), Ken Merkel (Doreen). Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Age: 62 years. Larry was born in Jamestown, ND, but reared and educated in Montana, where he attended Montana State University. He married Sarah in 1976 and together they enjoyed over 36 years of marriage. In 1987, Larry and his family moved to Petaluma. He worked as a pipe fitter and welder for Chevron for the last 25 years. In his spare time, Larry enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, hiking or anything outdoors. Together, he and Sarah attended Hessel Church. However, his greatest joy came from spending time with his children and grandchildren. Larry was a wonderful man; he will be missed. Friends and family are invited to attend the Memorial Service, Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Hessel Church, 5060 Hessel Ave., Sebastopol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
or the Salvation Army. Private Inurnment. Family assisted by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Petaluma.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2013