Donald Lee Mertz

b. 14 March 1937, d. 13 March 2020
Donald Lee Mertz
Deceased
March 13, 2020
Donald Lee Mertz
Deceased
March 13, 2020
Donald Lee Mertz
Deceased
March 13, 2020
Donald Mertz
Deceased
March 13, 2020
     Donald Lee Mertz was born on 14 March 1937. He died on 13 March 2020 at Hagerstown, Md, at age 82; Donald Lee (Don) Mertz, Sr., 82, Hagerstown, MD., surrounded by loved ones at home, peacefully went to be with the Lord and his loving wife, Friday March 13, 2020.

Don was born March 14,1937 in Hagerstown. He was a 1955 Graduate of Hagerstown High School.

His main career was air conditioning and sheet metal work where he was known as “Red”. He was also a homebuilder in the 70’s. His first sheet metal job was with Wilson Brothers at age 15 and retired after spending over 20 years at Shifler Electric.

He married his high school sweetheart Wanda King on June 23rd, 1954. They were married for 42 years.

Don was a pigeon fancier from the time he was 12 years old. He was a member of Hagerstown Pigeon & Bantam Club and Eastern Fantail Club. His years of breeding knowledge finally paid off when one of his fantails won National Champion. He loved and cared for many types of birds over the years and developed many lifelong friendships along the way.
Don and Wanda enjoyed listening to gospel and country music and would often spend hot summer evenings at outdoor concerts in the area. He loved his weekly family gatherings at his home near Chewsville. Everyone looked forward to “Cookouts at Pap-Pap's”.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (King) Mertz and his parents, Crist Preston (Bub) Mertz and Lucile Julia (Smith) Mertz of Hagerstown and his brother-in-law Wallace Lee Ridenour.
He is survived by his sisters Rosalie Ridenour and Connie Hardy; uncle Oscar Smith Jr. (Ester); grandmother Vergie Smith; daughters Diana Leatherman (Denny) and Sharon Fiddes (Jerry) who have tirelessly cared for him for the last 3 years; sons Ronald Mertz Sr (Mary) and Donald Mertz Jr. (Wendy); grandchildren, Becky, Chris, Jennie (Curtis), Bob, Josh, Ronald Jr. (Lori), Melissa (Jason), Samantha (Mark), Justin (Jackie), Emily (Kevin), Ben (Caitlin), Nick, Sean (Mia), Patrick and Sarah; great grandchildren Jacob, Madison, Emma, Jillian, Camden, Luke, Alexandra, Elijah, Natalie, Aubree, Robert, Aiden and two more on the way.

Arrangements are being made through Minnich Funeral Home in Hagerstown. Viewing will be Tuesday March 17th from 12pm to 2pm followed by a 2:30 graveside service to follow at Cedar Lawn.

No public service will be held at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held in the months to follow at Bethel United Methodist Church in Rohrersville (where Don was a member). He was also a past member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville.

Memorial contributions in Don’s memory, may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund - 4300 Main Street, Rohrersville, MD 21779.

The family wishes to thank the many Meritus and Hospice staff & volunteers who cared for Don over his final weeks.

And a special thanks to Charlie!