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Jerry Mertel

October 8, 1950 September 5, 2019
Jerry Mertel
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Obituary for Jerry Mertel

Jerry J. Mertel, 68, of Peru, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria surrounded by his family.

A prayer service will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at the Mueller Funeral Home, Peru followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church, Peru with Rev. Jeffrey Small officiating. Private burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Webster Park. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Mertel was born on October 8, 1950 in Peru to Raymond F. and Dawn J. (Tobler) Mertel. He married Pamela Trumbower on August 22, 1980. Jerry graduated from L-P High School and the Police and Investigator Training at the University of Illinois and worked at the Peru Police Department as a Lt. Detective for 28 years. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Peru, Split Rock Gun Club, past Youth Service Bureau board member, various Corvette Clubs and was also an avid hunter.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Mertel of Peru; two children, Jamey (Diane) Mertel of Peru and Heidi (Josh) Harris of Orange Park, FL; 6 grandchildren, Haley Jo Mertel, Jacey Mae Mertel, Hayden Joshua Harris, Karston James Harris, Adley Joseph Harris and Evangeline Jorja Harris; two brothers, Herbert Mertel and Raymond Mertel; and one sister, Cindy Cappiobianco.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

9

Sep

4:00 PM 9/9/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/9/2019 7:00:00 PM
Mueller Funeral Home, Peru

909 Pike Street
Peru, IL 61354

Mueller Funeral Home, Peru
909 Pike Street Peru 61354 IL
United States

Prayer Service

Tuesday

10

Sep

9:30 AM 9/10/2019 9:30:00 AM
Mueller Funeral Home, Peru

909 Pike Street
Peru, IL 61354

Mueller Funeral Home, Peru
909 Pike Street Peru 61354 IL
United States

Mass

Tuesday

10

Sep

10:00 AM 9/10/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Joseph's Church

1925 Fifth St.
Peru, IL 61354

St. Joseph's Church
1925 Fifth St. Peru 61354 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Joseph's Cemetery Final Resting Place

104 Oak Street
Spring Valley, IL 61362

104 Oak Street Spring Valley 61362 IL
United States
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