January 17, 1938 ‒ July 05, 2015
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.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mertler family. Share a message of comfort and support – and watch Stephen’s tribute video – at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com