William Lawrence Merkel

August 15, 1964April 7, 2019

William “Larry” Merkel, 54, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 7, 2019 after battling a chronic illness. Larry was born in Bowie, MD to August John and Dorothy Merkel on August 15, 1964. He went to Bowie High School and worked for PEPCO for thirty years where he would have retired this year. Larry lived in Bowie, MD for most of his life surrounded by friends and family. Larry enjoyed watching the Redskins and NASCAR, being outdoors, and contributing his free time to “working” and socializing at the American Legion Post 66.

Larry was an outgoing, hardworking, and loving father, grandfather (Poppop), brother, and friend and will be missed tremendously by all who knew him. Larry was immeasurably loved by all five of his children. He is survived by his siblings Johnny Merkel (Cathy), Donna Kreitzer, and Carol Merkel; his five children Jordan Merkel, Devan Connor (Sean), Morgan Merkel, Kierstan Merkel, and Jason Merkel; and his two granddaughters Riley Disney and Elsie Connor. He was preceded in death by his parents August John and Dorothy Merkel and his siblings Margaret Wiggins and Edward Merkel.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 27th at 2:00pm at the American Legion Post 66 in Bowie, MD located at 9605 Old Laurel Bowie Road, Bowie, MD 20720.


  • American Liver Foundation
  • American Legion Post 66
  • Flowers can be sent to the following address


27 April

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

the American Legion Post 66 in Bowie, MD

9605 Old Laurel Bowie Road
Bowie, MD 20720


William Lawrence Merkel

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Jon Grubmeyer

April 14, 2019

I am at The American Legion right now. You're not here (physically). Your spirit shines on. You were a corner post that helped hold this whole operation together. You are missed. Do well in your next iteration. So long.

Lauri Born

April 12, 2019

As I was sharing Larry's obituary, I was still having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that he's no longer with us.
My memories with Larry...he used to come in and hang out with me at the DAV once a week, and we would catch up on what was going on in our lives. I learned alot about Larry in our time together. His children and spending any time with them was really what made him happiest. I knew he was a great Dad, even though he had challenges that got in the way. Such a kind and gentle man that really cared about everyone. It was hard to watch him struggle with his health, but he continued to be strong and fought thru it all. I know as sad as it is for those he left behind, he's in a place of peace, and until we meet again Larry, thank you for being my friend. One more angel to look out for us. Rest in peace my friend💖

Virginia Barry

April 11, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family, your father was a one of a kind gentleman, gowing up in Bowie my hometown he will surely be missed. The Lord called upon a good man Sunday!

Nancy MacWelch

April 11, 2019

We have been friends for 30 years, & I will miss you so very much, you will remain in my heart forever, always with laughter.