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Dennis W. Merkel, 61, of Kutztown, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, PA.
Born March 2, 1958 in Allentown, Dennis was the son of Lee Merkel, Allentown and Eva (Bowman) Neffs. He and the love of his life, Connie E. (Snyder) Merkel, were married in Krumsville, on May 28, 1977 and recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary.
Dennis worked for 28 years for East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc., Lyons, as a material handler. He was a 1976 graduate of Parkland High School and loved street rods, hot rods, Elvis, doing yard work and especially his family.
Surviving in addition to his parents and his wife, Connie, are three children, Jeffrey L. Merkel, husband of Georgine D. (Stettler) Merkel, Allentown, Eric R. Merkel, husband of Alicia M. (Berger) Merkel, Topton and Alyssa N. (Merkel) Solt, wife of Christopher J. Solt, Kutztown. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Taylar, Sierra, Dylan, Cooper and Lucas, his sister, Wanda L. (Merkel) Breitfeller, wife of Robert Breitfeller, Catasauqua and his brother, Scott L. Merkel, Henryville, PA.
Memorial Services for Dennis will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Walbert Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, 14390 Kutztown Rd, Fleetwood, PA. A visitation will be held Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dennis’ memory to the David Prager Patient Assistance Fund or the Cancer Institute Clinical Research Fund, c/o LVHN Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 1883, Allentown, PA 18105-1883.
Walbert Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, Fleetwood, is honored to be caring for Dennis and his family at this difficult time. Online condolences may be offered at WalbertFuneralHome.com.