Gary Merk passed away at FRMC after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Sandusky and lived all his life in Bayview and Castalia.
He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Nancy (Nemeth); his son JP; daughter-in-law Kayla; and his beloved granddaughter, Bailey. Also surviving is his brother, Paul (Roseanna), extended family and his special cousin, Christine Claar.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mary Katherine (White) Merk.
He retired from New Departure in 2002, after 26 years of service. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and going to dirt track races. He also loved his dogs, especially Shorty and Josie. He spent countless hours helping rehabilitate and rehome basset hounds for Ohio Basset Rescue.
At Gary's request, there will be no services. His remains will be cremated.
Donations may be made to the family, who will then pass them on to the many dog-related charities that Gary supported.
Condolences may be made at grofffuneralhomes.com.