Merrit E. Koontz

August 13, 1929October 1, 2020

August 13, 1929 to October 1, 2020

Merrit E. Koontz, 91, of Fresno, CA, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 1, 2020. He was born August 13, 1929 in Woodston, Kansas to the Arthur and Bertha Koontz. He married Pat Richardson on 1955. She preceded him in death on December 8, 2008 after 52 years of marriage. Merrit was a veteran of WWII, serving with the United States Navy. He was a member of good standing of the Labor’s International Union of North America where he was employed for 48 years.

Merrit was very active his entire life. He was an avid hunter, fishermen and sports enthusiast. He enjoyed watching and attending the car races with his family. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles, card games, watching TV, especially the Oakland A’s games and spending time by the water with his dog Wags. He was said to be a gentleman and a scholar. He was truly loved by all who knew him.

He is survived by three children, Merrit Daniel Koontz of Bullhead, AZ, Arnold (Debbie) Koontz, of Port Huron, MI, M. “Andy” Koontz, of Fresno, CA; grandsons, Dearld (Devin) Roth, Jaysen Koontz, Michael Koontz, Andrew S. Koontz and Rueben Rodrigues; granddaughters, Annette (Paul) Churchill, Andrea Koontz, Elise (Angel) Rivera, and Donyale (Art) Gladue, Christy Koontz and Amber Koontz; several great grandchildren, many special nieces and nephews and a very special friend Dessie Musacchio. He was preceded in death by two sons, Arthur O. Koontz (December 24, 1995) and Ronald Roth (April 12, 2011). The Reverend Arnold E. Koontz will officiate. A limited number of people will be allowed in attendance due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Private Service will be at Belmont Memorial Park Cemetery, Fresno, CA, for immediate family only. Make memorial contributions to Blue Water Area Rescue Mission, 1920 24th Street Port Huron, Michigan 48060.

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  • Arnold E. Koontz, Son
  • Marvin A. Koontz, Son
  • Debbie Koontz, Daughter-in-law

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Randy Koontz

October 11, 2020

My uncle Merrit was my father’s younger brother. After my dad passed in 1993, Merrit and I carried on the tradition of attending races together at Madera Speedway and others in Carson City NV, Bakersfield CA, and Phoenix AZ.
Merrit could fix anything and helped me many times with anything mechanical and to pouring cement at my home.
He was skilled at growing vegetables and fruit, and shared much with me.
He was a strong man with a heart of gold. He Loved his family.
I love and miss you Uncle Merrit.

Judie Moradian

October 9, 2020

Uncle Merrit, his brother Marvin (my Dad), and my brother, Randy, and I were constants in the stands at Madera Speedway. Uncle Merrit loved racing, as did we, and we created many memories because of our mutual obsession for open wheel racing. He was always soft spoken and kind to everyone. I will forever remember every time I called him I would ask, “Do you know who this is?” He’d answer, “Yes. It’s my niece, Judie, who loves me.” I know he is enjoying the races with Daddy in the big race track in the sky.

Caryn Foster

October 7, 2020

My Uncle Merrit was an awesome man. Always so kind and loving to me, even when there was a long absence from seeing him. I was fortunate though to be part of his life towards the end and for that I will always be grateful. My favorite memories are when I used to go over and watch our 49ers play and have a beer with him. RIP my dear Uncle ❤️✝️


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