Joseph A. "Dutch" Merk, 79, former Avon resident, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center, Lorain. Dutch had been a resident of Golden Acres Lorain County Nursing Home, Amherst, since 1987. He was born November 30, 1933 in Columbus, Nebraska.
The staff at Golden Acres will miss him as they all developed a long lasting friendship with him. He loved greeting staff and visitors at Golden Acres and always inquired about their families. His famous quote was "...say hi to your family." Dutch, please say "hi" to your family in heaven from the employees at Golden Acres.
He lived above Frank's Bar, Avon, and worked there doing various jobs. He enjoyed drinking beer and eating Cheetos, fishing, farming, cows, and watching Big Time Wrestling on TV. He loved reading magazines and some of his favorites were Field & Stream, the National Enquirer, and Horse & Rider.
Dutch participated in programming through Murray Ridge Center for many years and beginning in 1995, he received and benefited from the services at Golden Acres.
He is survived by two cousins, Eleanor Kollar and Hans Dollhausen; and his many friends from Murray Ridge and Advocacy & Protective Services, Inc. (APSI).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frieda and Joseph Merk; and a sister, Rita Merk.
Friends will be received at a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10 A.M. at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2640 Stoney Ridge Road. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.