Thomas Vincent Merz III
October 3, 1946 - June 27, 2014
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|Thomas Vincent Merz III, 67, of Ohioville, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver.
Born October 3, 1946, in New York, he was the son of the late Thomas Vincent Merz II and Viola Hehl; remarried to Eugene A. Canzler, Sr .
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Beverly; son, Thomas Luke, and daughter-in-law, Michelle; grandson, Sean Thomas; by his brothers and sisters, brother Douglas and wife, Lita; brother, Stephen and wife, Kathy; sister, Nancy and husband, Bob; sister, Mary, and brother, Eugene 'Chip' and fiancÚ, Debbie and also survived by many family members.
On August 22, 1970, he married Beverly Greenwell, whom he met while stationed with the U.S. Navy in Jacksonville, Florida. In August of 1978, Thomas Luke was born. Tom was also an avid outdoorsman, traveling throughout the country to various rendezvous to re-enact the French and Indian War. He deeply enjoyed nature and the simplicity in the lifestyle; he will be greatly missed on future adventures. He was a loving PoPo to his grandson, Sean. Tom was a Vietnam War veteran who began his military career with the U.S. Navy in 1964, following in the footsteps of his father and step-father, who were also military veterans. Tom spent 24 years with the U.S. Navy, completing tours in Southeast Asia and retiring with the rank of Senior Chief. Tom worked for numerous airline companies, retiring from US Airways in 2010. His expertise was airplane mechanics, and he brought this passion to the Air Heritage Museum at the Beaver County Airport. Tom was a member of the BVARA Radio Club with a call sign of N4KRA. Tom was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus - Darlington Chapter.
Look over us as we age, guide us from above, and always know that we love you, Dad.
Friends will be received Monday 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp.,www.gabauerluttonfuneralhome.com, where prayers will be held Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Saint Monica Darlington site at 10 a.m. with Fr. Kim Schreck officiating.
Military honors will be given by the Vietnam Veterans of America at the church at 10:40 a.m. Interment will be at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.