OBITUARY

Terry Dean Merten

April 21, 1941May 7, 2019
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Terry Dean Merten, 78, of Tomball, Texas entered into rest on May 7, 2019. He was born in Asheboro, North Carolina on April 21, 1941. Terry was married to Linda Lee Gray on March 14, and recently celebrated 56 years together.

Terry had a long and distinguished career in the United States Navy, receiving many awards and commendations. Retiring in 1980 after more than 22 years of service, he was employed at Dickson Weatherproof Nail, Harris Machine Tool and PMC.

He is preceded in death by parents Elwood and Marjorie Merten and son James Merten. Terry is survived by wife Linda, daughter Deena Geeck and husband Stephen, and son Richard Merten and wife Alison. Terry treasured time with his many grandchildren: Shelby Welton and husband John, Stephanie Walter, Cale Merten, Peyton Geeck, Tanner Merten, Cooper Merten and Ryker Merten and great-grandchildren: Autumn Walter, Draven Walter and Ella Welton. Terry is also survived by nephew Jeff Gray and wife Shelley and son Garrett.

A visitation will be held in Terry's honor from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. inside the Chapel of American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038. The Celebration of Life service will commence at 11:00 a.m. at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, where he will be laid to rest with military honors.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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GREGORY DUNBAR

May 12, 2019

What a nice man. Carol and I loved chatting with him on the reunions. He is one of many who served aboard Forrestal who will be missed. Linda and her family are in our prayers.

Doris Fri

May 11, 2019

To Terry's family I want to send my deepest sympathy for the loss of this wonderful man. I have known Terry and Linda for many years and it had been a few years since we had seen each other, but I am so thankful to God that he gave me the opportunity to see them both in September 2018. I will cherish those moments. You will all be in my prayers in the months ahead. May you find comfort in God's love.

Sue and Doug Smith

May 10, 2019

Although we didn’t see each other very often, you will be missed. I will always remember our last conversation. We never got around to comparing hairs on our heads. You left a beautiful wife and family who adore you. Thank you for your friendship; thank you for your service to our country! Sail on!

John Mitchell

May 10, 2019

I have so many memories of Terry, (Master Chief) as I knew him. We served together for 5 years and remained friends since 1976. He was instrumental in my becoming a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He wrote my recommendation and always through my career, gave me inspiration. I spoke to him when he lost his son and I felt his pain and cried with him. I truly loved this man and I will miss him greatly. To Linda I hurt for you and so sorry for your loss. May God grant you the strength to "carry on!" God bless you shipmate and may you have "fair winds and following seas," in heaven.

MICHELLE MERTEN

May 10, 2019

Father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, and for me father in law will be greatly missed. He always had a smile on his face and joking around, a personality that no one could replace. He would get down in the floor with his grandchildren and play. He would always say KIDDO ….take care kiddo, how are you kiddo? Give his advice when at a crossroads on what direction one should go. He always treated me nice. I had the honor of being married to his late son James Stephen Merten-just shy of 14 years. James had told me countless stories of their many hunting trips together with his father. May you rest in peace Master Chief Terry Dean Merten, and this “Kiddo” will always strive to move forward, hold my head up and never settle. You will be greatly missed, and I was truly blessed for having you as a father in law. My thoughts are with you Linda, Deena/Stephen, and Richard/Alison.

Jackie Kohler

May 9, 2019

Dearest Linda, words cannot express the loss of such an wonderful human being. Your Terry was a true gentleman, a devoted husband, father & grandfather. I will remember him with great fondness from the USS Forrestal reunions, he was a true patriot and loved spending time with his shipmates. I hope he and Bob are sitting up there on a cloud talking about old times!
We loved him, we love you and hope you will take comfort in knowing he is in the arms of the angles now!!
My sincere condolences,
Jackie Kohler

Nancy Taylor

May 9, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss Linda! We loved Terry so much! He was a great friend to our family and he will be missed!! God bless you and yours!! Thoughts and prayers are with you!!
Love,
Nancy and Laura

Tony Sandoval

May 9, 2019

Linda, our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in peace Forrestal shipmate.
Tony & Mary Sandoval
Elsa, Texas

Rex Roark

May 9, 2019

Terry was a good and Loyal Shipmate and friend.Master Chief Terry Your knowledge and council will be missed.

Arlin Rieck

May 8, 2019

Such a nice man! When we met Master Chief Merten , he told us we could call him by his first name - Master!
Linda, our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love, Arlie & Marcia Rieck
USS Forrestal Gang

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