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Jacob Mertz

Jacob H. "Jake" Mertz

Tuesday, February 23rd, 1937 - Saturday, August 1st, 2020
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Jacob H. Mertz, 83, of Akron, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at Ephrata Manor.

He was born in West Earl Township to the late John F. and Mabel G. (Heiser) Mertz and was the husband of the late Doris A. (Metzler) Mertz who passed away in 2008.

He was a member of the Akron Church of the Brethren, where he was a Sunday school teacher and past moderator.

Jacob was a driver for the Manheim Auto Auction and in earlier years, he worked for the Miller, Hess and Company Shoe Factory followed by Hope Hosiery Mill. He enjoyed hunting and gardening and was an avid NASCAR fan, especially of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Jacob is survived by three children, Kerwin Jacob Mertz of Akron, Pamela Sue Steere, wife of Johnathan Steere of Leonardtown, MD, Keith Allen Mertz, husband of Molly (Jenison) Mertz of Alexandria, VA; a grandson, Nathaniel Steere; seven siblings, John H. (Mae) Mertz, James H. (Patricia) Mertz, Ruth H. (the late Wilbur) Leed, Mark H. (Karen) Mertz, Samuel H. (Sandy) Mertz, David H. (Sharon) Mertz, Mary Carol (Howard) Parnell and two sisters-in-law, Dee Mertz and Barbara Mertz.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Anna, Paul and Luke Mertz.

The family asks that masks be worn during all services. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, from 6 to 8 PM at the Akron Church of the Brethren, 613 Main Street, Akron. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at the Akron Church of the Brethren starting at 10 AM with Pastor Timothy Fleener officiating. Interment will take place in the Middle Creek Brethren Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions in Jacob's memory may be made to the Akron Church of the Brethren, 613 Main Street, Akron, PA, 17501.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Akron Church of the Brethren
    613 Main Street
    Akron, PA 17501
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  • Service

    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 10:00am
    Akron Church of the Brethren
    613 Main Street
    Akron, PA 17501
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  • Interment

    Middle Creek Brethren Cemetery
    Address not given
    Lititz, PA 17543
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Donations are being accepted for: Akron Church of the Brethren.


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Dan Pierce

Posted at 08:49pm
Dear Kerwin, Pam, Keith and families,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great friend and we spent a lot of hours on the road together working for Manheim Auto Auction. It was always a good day when I got to work with Jake! It was special to be able to talk about spiritual things when we were on the road together and our conversations often centered around what he was teaching in Sunday School that week. Your Dad served the Lord and His church well and is now reaping his eternal rewards! You three kids were always a topic of conversation as well, and you all were certainly the apple of his eye! He was always so excited when you came home for a holiday or a visit. He loved his garden and I got to enjoy some of the best potatoes I ever ate. We also shared a common interest in hunting and he even took me over to the cabin one deer season! He often had stories about his hunting and as we would go down the road he would often look at a developed area and tell me how he used to hunt rabbits or birds in those areas. Yes, your Dad was a good man and it was hard to see him struggle when he was unable to drive and enjoy his freedom. I know it was hard on him and you all when he had his stroke this year and you couldn't get in to visit him. I am thankful that his struggles are over now and that he is reunited with your Mom. He missed her so much. I praise the Lord that I had the opportunity to know your Dad and becomes good friends with him. I am also thankful to to know where he dwells now because as the Apostle Paul said, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." May you all find peace and comfort in the Lord in the days to come.
Dan Pierce, Mount Joy

Pamela Mertz Posted at 12:00pm

Thank you for sharing this Dan. This is Jake's daughter, Pam.

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