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Ralph Lee Mertes

August 17, 1936 September 5, 2019
Ralph Lee Mertes
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Obituary for Ralph Lee Mertes

Ralph Lee Mertes, 83, of Lostant passed away Thursday evening, September 5, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Church, Lostant with the Franciscan Friars officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lostant. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Mueller Funeral Home, Lostant. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Mr. Mertes was born on August 17, 1936 in rural Lostant to Leo and Mary Ellen (Weber) Mertes. He married Elsie Mertes on May 4, 1957 in Lacoochee, FL. He graduated from Lostant High School in 1954 and attended LPO Junior College and IVCC. He served in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He was operations manager of corrugated department at Owens, Streator. Ralph was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Lostant, American Legion Post #0173 serving as treasurer and was also Hope Twp. Supervisor.

Ralph loved to fish, garden and watch sports.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie of Lostant; his children, Dennis (Grace) Mertes of Gardner, David (Debbie) Mertes of Henry, Karen Schmitt of Lostant, Susie (Kevin) Brandner of Lostant, Dan (Danell) Mertes of Lostant; 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; one brother, Richard Mertes of Lostant; one sister, Joyce (Alan) Heider of Streator.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Allen Mertes and one sister, Sally Mertes at birth.

Pallbearers will be Caden Mertes, David Mertes, Jon Elderson, Steven Mertes, Terry Carr, Shawn King, Michael Brandner and Robert Mecum.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or to American Heart Association.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

9

Sep

5:00 PM 9/9/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/9/2019 8:00:00 PM
Mueller Funeral Home, Lostant

406 West Third Street
Lostant, IL 61334

Mueller Funeral Home, Lostant
406 West Third Street Lostant 61334 IL
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

10

Sep

10:00 AM 9/10/2019 10:00:00 AM - 10:50 AM 9/10/2019 10:50:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

301 S. Sheridan
Lostant, IL 61334

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
301 S. Sheridan Lostant 61334 IL
United States

Mass

Tuesday

10

Sep

11:00 AM 9/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

301 S. Sheridan
Lostant, IL 61334

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
301 S. Sheridan Lostant 61334 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. John's Cemetery Final Resting Place

IL Rt. 251
Lostant, IL 61334

IL Rt. 251 Lostant 61334 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association

3816 Paysphere Circle
Chicago, IL 60674

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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