William Joseph Merkel, Sr.
January 9, 1926 – January 9, 2015
William Joseph Merkel, Sr., of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 9, 2015, his 89th birthday.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1926, Mr. Merkel was a son of the late William H. Merkel and Olive A. Fisher Merkel. He bravely served his country during WWII as a member of the US Navy. Mr. Merkel made his career as an operation supervisor with the Shagrin Gas Company in Middletown, retiring in 1988 after 36 years of dedicated service.
A resident of Newark since the 1970’s, he was a longtime parishioner of Holy Family Church and a member of the Newark Senior Center. A passionate model train enthusiast, he enjoyed building elaborate model train town displays. Mr. Merkel was an avid bridge player and enjoyed a good game with friends. In his leisure time, he adored fishing and writing poetry. A devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, he will be deeply missed by all.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Merkel was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alice Louise Thornton Merkel, sister, Mary Austin, brother, Joseph Merkel and a grandson, William J. Merkel III. He is survived by his sons, William J. Merkel, Jr. (Janet) of Atlanta, GA and Robert H. Merkel (Maureen) of Las Vegas, NV; daughters, Sharon A. Dugan of Glassboro, NJ and Roxanne Johnson (Robert) of Newark, DE; sister, Mildred McCarthy of New Castle, DE; 7 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday evening, January 20, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am on Wednesday morning, January 21, 2015, at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.