OBITUARY

Lee Clement Merkel

August 30, 1935October 7, 2018
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Lee C. Merkel of Raleigh NC passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the age of 83 surrounded by his family.

Lee is survived by his wife, Sharon Riley Merkel and son, Mark A. Merkel (Andrea Creque Merkel) of Raleigh, NC and former spouse, Mary M. Merkel and sons, Carl Merkel (Carol Biedermann Merkel) of Denver CO, Brian Merkel of Whitesboro, NY, and Lee Merkel (Donna Rossiter Merkel) of Eagle CO. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Lee was born on August 30,1935 in Rochester, NY to Earle And Ruth Merkel. He was the seventh of twelve siblings; Earlene Newton, Guy Merkel, Wanda Cardillo, Bruce Merkel, Gerald Merkel, Ann Kirchner, and predeceased by Thomas Merkel, Gail Heidt, Una Merkel, Nancy Barone, and Dennis Merkel.

He graduated from Edison Technical High School in Rochester, and proudly served in the United States Army before eventually settling in Utica NY in 1971. Lee owned the Hess Gas Station on Genesee Street in South Utica from 1972 until 2010.

Lee was very active in the community. He was a lifetime member and served a term as President of the Utica Optimist Club, a member of the Free Masons Lodge #47, member of the Utica Maennerchor, and a longtime sponsor of South Utica Little League Baseball. Lee was an avid fisherman and sports enthusiast who had a religious-like devotion to the Syracuse Orange and his beloved Buffalo Bills.

Above all, Lee was a devoted father and provider who will be missed dearly by all.

We would like to thank Kindred Hospice of Oxford, NC for the care they provided to Lee during this difficult time. He also enjoyed spending time at the Millbrook Enrichment Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, 9131 Anson Way, Suite 206, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27615.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, October 11th from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Marys Street, Raleigh, NC.

Following visitation, a 1:00 PM funeral service will be held at the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, 715 Nazareth St. Raleigh, NC. Following the service, Lee will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC.

Lee has requested six Buffalo Bills players as pall bearers so they can let him down one last time.

  • FAMILY

  • Lee is survived by his wife, Sharon Riley Merkel and son, Mark A. Merkel (Andrea Creque Merkel) of Raleigh, NC and former spouse, Mary M. Merkel and sons, Carl Merkel (Carol Biedermann Merkel) of Denver CO, Brian Merkel of Whitesboro, NY, and Lee Merkel (Donna Rossiter Merkel) of Eagle CO. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, October 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Justin Furner

October 10, 2018

To the Merkel family,

My sincere apologies for the loss of Lee. He was a great man and an incredible boss. Lee (and Sharon) gave a young guy in Utica, NY an opportunity out of high school at Hess and I will forever be grateful. Lee was such a hard worker and a great family man, who also instilled a ton of knowledge to me at a young age.

My thoughts and prayers to the whole Merkel family.

Love,
Justin Furner (and Brandon (7), Alaina (5), Becky Hart)

George Weinbrenner

October 10, 2018

Lee, I will miss your friendship .We shared many nice outings and enjoyed the weekly breakfasts. Everywhere we went you were greeted with smiles and warmth. Your gentle and humble nature made it easy for folks to like you. We shared stories that only veterans can share and had a good laugh at our common experiences. Last year at our church's Veterans Day Luncheon I was proud to introduce you as a friend and fellow veteran.
As Alzheimers took its' toll on you, you maintained that personal dignity and pride. You were always so appreciative and thankful for the things we shared. It was a pleasure to be with someone so gracious.
Sharon , was a blessing. I have the greatest respect for her for the love , care and respect she demonstrated during the difficult times. Surely, she lived up to the vows ,"for better, for worse."
Respectfully, George Weinbrenner

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Biography

Lee C. Merkel of Raleigh NC passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the age of 83 surrounded by his family.

Lee is survived by his wife, Sharon Riley Merkel and son, Mark A. Merkel (Andrea Creque Merkel) of Raleigh, NC and former spouse, Mary M. Merkel and sons, Carl Merkel (Carol Biedermann Merkel) of Denver CO, Brian Merkel of Whitesboro, NY, and Lee Merkel (Donna Rossiter Merkel) of Eagle CO. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Lee was born on August 30,1935 in Rochester, NY to Earle And Ruth Merkel. He was the seventh of twelve siblings; Earlene Newton, Guy Merkel, Wanda Cardillo, Bruce Merkel, Gerald Merkel, Ann Kirchner, and predeceased by Thomas Merkel, Gail Heidt, Una Merkel, Nancy Barone, and Dennis
Merkel.

He graduated from Edison Technical High School in Rochester, and proudly served in the United States Army before eventually settling in Utica NY in 1971. Lee owned the Hess Gas Station on Genesee Street in South Utica from 1972 until 2010.

Lee was very active in the community. He was a lifetime member and served a term as President of the Utica Optimist Club, a member of the Free Masons Lodge #47, member of the Utica Maennerchor, and a longtime sponsor of South Utica Little League Baseball. Lee was an avid fisherman and sports enthusiast who had a religious-like devotion to the Syracuse Orange and his beloved Buffalo Bills.

Above all, Lee was a devoted father and provider who will be missed dearly by all.

We would like to thank Kindred Hospice of Oxford, NC for the care they provided to Lee during this dif-ficult time. He also enjoyed spending time at the Millbrook Enrichment Center. In lieu of flowers, memo-rials may be made to the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, 9131 Anson Way, Suite 206, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27615.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, October 11th from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Marys Street, Raleigh, NC.

Following visitation, a 1:00 PM funeral service will be held at the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, 715 Nazareth St. Raleigh, NC. Following the service, Lee will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC.

Lee has requested six Buffalo Bills players as pall bearers so they can let him down one last time.