Stephen Mertler

January 17, 1938 ‒ July 05, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Stephen Mertler worked hard, never complained, and persevered. He never let disability slow him down, never had an enemy, and leaves a legacy of honesty. Though he wasn’t much of a talker, Stephen communicated much with an ornery grin and a keen sense of humor.

Stephen passed away Sunday morning July 5, 2015 in his rural Lexington home. He was 77.

Born January 17, 1938 in Mansfield to William John and Anna Catherine (Streitmater) Mertler, he attended Lexington Schools.

For 35 years he worked as a draftsman, first with Stevens Manufacturing, serving the firm through every owner, retiring from United Technologies.

Stephen worked the 85-acre family farm for over 30 years, raising cattle, hogs and chicken, as well as grains.

He had enjoyed motorcycling and woodworking, trapshooting and took great pride in restoring his father’s 1939 John Deere Model B tractor.

He is survived by his wife Sandy (Rudrick) Mertler; their sons Stephen B. (Barbara) Mertler, Kevin (Kimberly) Mertler and Kurt (Lisa) Mertler all of Lexington; grandchildren Jason (Alycia) Palmer of Gaithersburg, MD and Jennifer Palmer of Dayton; a sister Irene (Bob) Cromer of Mansfield; a sister-in-law Helen Mertler Beatty of Howard; a brother-in-law Paul Gremling of Mansfield and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother William John Mertler and a sister Julianne Gremling.

The Mertler family will receive friends Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside funeral service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in Oak Grove Memorial Park, officiated by Celebrant Jerry Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Home Care Matters Hospice may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Sandy & Family
    So sorry to hear about Jerry He was a great guy and would do anything for anybody. You & He took all the Rocks, that I had in our front yard when I first met you, and your friendship has never stopped. Paul & I want to let you know that if you need anything just ask. May God comfort you and your family always. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you always. Paul & Katy Wehinger

  • So sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing (Steve & Barbie). I think that your Dad had to have been a great person, even though I can’t remember ever meeting him, but you , Steve, are a very considerate and loving person.. much of that was the gift given to you by your Dad.. I have met your Mother, and she is a wonderful person. So please give her a hug for me, and tell her that she made such a super great impression on me . You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless your families .

  • Steve and Barb, Kevin and Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of your family. I know that he has raised 2 good sons and Steve must taken after his dad: quiet.

  • So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and had a great sense of humor. Praying for all of you.

  • Sandy,Steve,Barbie,Curt,Lisa,Kevin,Kim,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will also miss seeing Jerry at all our get togethers. I love all you guys. My heart goes out to all of you. I think the world has lost one of the best men God has ever created!

  • Dear Sandy and Family,

    Sorry to learn of your loss. I am unable to come to the calling hours but know that I will be thinking of you. Sincerely, Sue Pelasky

  • So sorry for your loss , haven’t seen you guys in along time but my prayers are with you boys and your mom. I’m also sorry that I didn’t post this before the service.

  • You’re in our thoughts,our hearts,and our prayers. Deepest sympathy to you and your families.

  • Sandy and Sons: So sorry about the loss of your husband and father. My dad is really going to miss Jerry. He very much enjoyed his Saturday breakfasts with the cousins. I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard, “Wait until Jerry hears this.”