Walter Mertz

Nov. 12, 1925 – March 7, 2019

Walter Mertz, passed

peacefully, March 7, 2019

at the age of 93.

Walter, son of Godfried

& Maria (Bowman) Mertz,

was born November 12,

1925 on the family farm

in Denhoff, ND. A

member of the US Army

1944-1946, he served in

WWII as a combat infan-

tryman stationed in the

Philippines and in the

Army of Occupation of

Japan. He was injured in

the line of duty, was

honorably discharged and

was the recipient of the

Purple Heart along with

many other medals.

Walter met Eunice

(Cogdill) and they were

married in 1957. He

worked at SRT for 28

years as a Service Techni-

cian and retired from

there in 1989. Walt was

an avid Amateur Radio

Operator. He loved being

on the radio with his

friends and enjoyed

camping, fishing and

spending time with his


He is survived by: his

loving wife of 61 years,

Eunice; six children, Mar-

vin Mertz (Cindy) Minot,

Randall Mertz, Minot,

Rodney Mertz (Tatsiana)

Hugo, MN, Michael Mertz

(Janet Herman) Karlsruhe,

Sandra Gairdelli (Ken-

neth) Covington, LA, and

Della Patterson, Peoria, IL;

five grandchildren: Man-

dy (Mertz) Burckhard,

Cole Mertz (Amber), Tif-

fany Smith (Ben), Antho-

ny (Courtney) Giardelli

and Alex Osipovich; six

great-grandchildren, Tate

Burckhard, Gabriel, Lucas

& Bethany Mertz, Camille

Giardelli and Kiya Osipo-

vich; and many nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Memorial Service:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at

3:30 p.m. Christ Lutheran

Church, Minot, ND.

It was Walt’s wish to be

buried at the ND Veterans

Cemetery in Mandan, ND.

A ceremony will be held

there on June 12, 2019.

Condolences may be

sent to Eunice Mertz, c/o

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, 21 3rd Ave

SW, Minot, ND 58701.

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