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Melvin G. Mergenmeier

June 28, 2015

Melvin G. Mergenmeier, 86, husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Brewster Place in Topeka.


He was born January 2, 1929 on a farm south of Seneca the son of George and Stella Lierz Mergenmeier.  Melvin served in the Korean conflict.


Melvin, a well-liked and respected man lived most of his life in St. Marys.  He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber for many years.  True to his roots he maintained a small farm in the same area of his birth until later in life.  He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 657 at St. Marys and also was a fourth degree member of Thomas A. McNeive Assembly No. 289.  Melvin was a member of the VFW and the American Legion at Seneca.


He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Karen Ann, and a sister Rosalie McMurphy.


Upon returning home from Korea he married the love of his life Dorothy Koehler on September 11, 1954 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca.  They celebrated over 60 years of marriage.  She survives of the home.


Other survivors include two sons, Dennis Melvin (Madonna) Mergenmeier, Topeka and Stephen Lynn  (Douglas Towner) Mergenmeier, Las Vegas; his daughter, Kathy Ann (Douglas) Basler, Wichita; a brother, George (Nadine) Mergenmeier, Dover; four sisters, Elsana Rusche, Seneca, Dorothy May Koch, Baileyville, Marie (Merle) Welch, Topeka and Jannette (Ernest) Graham Casper, WY; his brother-in-law, Bill McMurphy, Sabetha; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  Interment will be in the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery in Seneca at 2:30 P.M.  Mr. Mergenmeier will lie in state after 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Piper Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 followed by the Rosary.  Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.




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12 thoughts on “Melvin G. Mergenmeier

  1. We send our deepest sympathy to all of Melvin’s family.May you find comfort in all of your memories.
    Scott and Denise Cushing

  2. Merg will be missed. Loved the card games and also our visits on the 4th. Hope all the great memories will ease the pain at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy. Dan and Tammy

  3. Your family has our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May God bring comfort and peace to your hearts.

  4. I remember well all of the Lierz gatherings at Grandma Elizabeth’s home and all the happy (loud) talk and laughter! Melvin was gifted with that smile and laughter and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ~ Jim and Betty (Wietharn) Rottinghaus

  5. Dear Dorothy and family
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dan, Gerry Lou, Michaela, Shaina, and Brianna Marstall

  6. My sincere sympathy Dorothy, Steve, and all. Melvin will be deeply missed .May you feel God.s love and comfort. Sincerely, Charlotte Kling

  7. So very sorry to hear of Mergs passing. I prayer that your love and memories help you all at this time of sadness and pain. Thoughts and prayers

  8. So sorry for Your loss Melvin was a very hard working, Friendly Man. He always spoke even if He did not know You. He was one of a kind. and will be missed. keeping You all in Our Prayers.

  9. Our sympathies to Aunt Dorothy and cousins. Melvin was truly one of the greats. He will be so missed.
    Janet and Bill Brovsky

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