A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas Lindner officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and at the church from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The Knights of Columbus will combine with the general rosary at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Mertes was born July 25, 1932, in Nekoosa, a son of the late Aloysius and Aurelia (Kleifgen) Mertes.
He was married to Josephine Martinson Aug. 9, 1952, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nekoosa. She died in 1984 after 32 years of marriage.
After four years in the U.S, Air Force, he was honorably discharged in 1956.
He and his wife settled in Stevens Point.
He joined the Copps Corp. in 1956 and retired in 1997 after 41 years.
He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church, Ministry of Hospitality, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and the American Legion.
Survivors include three sons, Dave (Mary), Eau Claire, Tom (Lois), Appleton, and Tony (Sue Kranski), Stevens Point; three daughters, Julie (Dan) Appel, Green Bay, Janet (Randy Keen) Mertes, Stevens Point, and Peggy (Jim) Lemancik, Appleton; four sisters, Barbara Tork, Wisconsin Rapids, Sister Helene Mertes, Milwaukee, Rosemary (Rich) Wilson, Beloit, and Betty (Jim) Campbell, Eau Claire; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a special friend and long-time companion, Lois Meshak.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, James, Arthur, Ken and Thomas.