Leon D. "Sonny" Merkel
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Leon D. "Sonny" Merkel, 85, of St. Cloud, FL, died Jan. 6, 2021 in Riverside Medical Center, Newport News, VA. He was the husband of Jacqueline R. (Pelland) Merkel. Born in Wescosville, he was the son of the late Percy H. and Mildred (Miller) Merkel. He honorably served his country in the Army. He worked as a production technician for Mack Trucks for 30 years, retiring in 1991. Sonny was a member of the Masonic Fraternity for 36 years, member and Past Master of Barger Lodge #333 F&AM, member of Greenleaf Lodge #561 F&AM, member of the Scottish Rite since 1986, and past Royal Patron of the Order of the Amaranth. He was also a life member of the Macungie Fire Company. Leon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jackie; daughter, Denise L. wife of Wayne Cochran of Smithfield, VA; grandsons, Dylan and Justin; sisters, LaRue Lightner of Grantville, Janice Romig of Palm, and Betty Fenstermaker of Emmaus; sister-in-law, Paulette Reber of Coopersburg. Due to COVID-19, services and burial will be private. Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus is handling arrangements.

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Published in Morning Call on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
Dear Jackie - Firstly, I must echo Janice's remarks and add I remember the time you joined us deer hunting. Secondly, I have thought of you and Sonny many times all the way out here in Las Vegas that the Air Force brought me to and I have called home, along with my family, since 1976. I want to tell you that the last time I saw you and Sonny at the auto parts store in Pa many years ago, Sonny had the most profound effect on me with the words he spoke to me that day. He said that he believed I would succeed and "make something of myself" some day when "others" did not quite share those same thoughts.
God Bless him for that and I regret not being able to tell him what that meant to me, in person. May you and your family have peace through the Lord during this time - Love Ron "Ronnie" Merkle
Ron Merkl
Family
January 14, 2021
Dear Jackie and Denise,
I'm so sorry to hear of Sonny's passing. I always loved spending time with you and Mildred and Percy, hearing all the stories of Dad and Sonny growing up. It was so much fun! Dad and Mom would talk of you very fondly. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Janice Merkle Schuler
Daughter of Marjorie and Arthur
Janice
Family
January 13, 2021
Our sincere sympathy to Jackie and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We remember the good times we had when we were teenagers. Sonny was one of the good guys, well liked and caring. We will miss him. Love, old friends, Janet and Butzsy

Janet Butz
Friend
January 11, 2021
Dear Jackie, On behalf of our Mother, Marie Walbert, we would like to express our sympathy and condolences to you, Denise and your family on the passing of Sonny. Over many years, you and Sonny spent countless hours with our parents both in Macungie and Florida, playing cards, shopping and dining out. Our parents always talked about Jackie and Sonny. Mom truly misses our Dad, as you will miss Sonny. Thanks for the memories. Linda, Barry, Rick, Bill & Kathy, and Marie.
Linda Haberstumpf
Friend
January 10, 2021
Dear Jackie, You & Sonny have been fondly remembered over these many years since we shared your apartment & our wedding. You were both so kind & fun. I lost Ron three years ago, so I truly know how you feel.
Deepest sympathies to you & all who loved Sonny. He was a good man & will be missed by many.
Sending you much love from the past, Connie Moyer
Constance R Moyer
Friend
January 10, 2021
Thank you for your service to our country.

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