Ronald Julian Mertz

Born: Sun., Nov. 19, 1939
Died: Fri., Dec. 7, 2012

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Ronald Julian Mertz of Greensboro, Georgia died on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the age of 73 at his residence after a most courageous battle with cancer. He was born November 19, 1939 in Calumet City, Illinois, the son of the late Julian John Mertz and Emily Diane Paluch Mertz. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and married the former Karen Louise McMahon on December 15, 1978 in Roswell, GA. Ron retired in 2001 from Union 76 Oil Company after 37 years holding various marketing positions within the organization. During his working career, they lived in Schaumburg, IL, Alpharetta, GA, La Canada Flintridge, CA, Trophy Club, TX and Seven Lakes, NC. After retirement they moved to Greensboro, GA eight years ago. He was a member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church.

Ron proudly served his country in the Army Reserves. He enjoyed many years with the Rotary Club serving as President, a member of the Friends of the Library and a Trustee for the Greene County Library and member and Past President of Lake Oconee Anglers. He dedicated his life to mentoring young and old alike and truly made a difference while developing the 4-H After School Program for Inner City Kids in Los Angeles, CA. His greatest passion was his family and friendships and he enjoyed spending time with them fishing, golfing, playing poker, enthusiastically watching college football and basketball, working puzzles, reading and traveling. Ron''s wonderful smile, sense of humor and kindness will always be remembered. His fight against cancer inspired all to never give up and live every moment to it''s fullest.

In addition to his wife, Karen Louise Mertz, of Greensboro, GA, he is survived by a daughter, Nicole West and her husband Jeffery Allan of Alpharetta, GA; sister, Judith Hurdle and her husband Neil of Valparaiso, IN; brother Timothy Mertz of Munster, IN; and soon-to-be first grandchild, Julian Jeffrey West due on February 14, 2013.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Reynolds Plantation Pavilion, 3310 Linger Longer Road, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Dr. David Key Officiating. The family will receive friends at a reception at their home following the service. The family requests that any memorials be made to the GCSU Foundation, The Ron Mertz Fund and mailed to GCSU Foundation, Campus Box 96, Milledgeville, GA 31061. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Bud Sales
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Ron was a dear friend and "pal" who shared his best fishing spots with me as well as teaching me that crank baits aren't as good as plastic lizards! We enjoyed our fishing outings both here on Lake Auman and trips to Santee for bass and redfish, even though he usually outfished me... He was one of the original Westside Poker Group players who somehow always managed to end up with more chips than when he started and that becomes a metaphor of his life. He gave generously but always won the respect and friendship of all those with whom he worked and played. Enjoy eternity old friend but save a spot at the table for your friends!

Dawn Windholz
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Karen, I am so sorry to Ron has lost the battle to cancer and that you are alone. Just remember that he will always be with you in spirit. Continue to talk to him everyday cause I believe they hear you. I still talk to my mom a lot and it will help comfort your lost. You have been very brave and a real trooper throughout his sickness. I will call you shortly. Love Always, Dawn

Donna Dutner
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
I feel incredibly lucky that many years ago my path crossed Ron's when we worked together at Union 76 Oil Company. He had a warm personality and always took an interest in other people. Along with that he had a great sense of humor and had a knack for drawing other people to him with his upbeat nature. I will miss him now knowing that he's gone--the world has lost one of its nicest guys.

John and Elaine Hoffmann
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Karen, You and Ron have been and will continue to be in Elaine's and my prayers. Each morning when we gather for coffee both Jerry Constantino and Dave Petrie have kept the rest of us informed of Ron's condition, and recent passing. His name is entered in the Book of Intentions at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinehurst where over 300 of us Perpetual Adorers keep those intentions in the 24/7 prayer vigil. We sincerely hope that your new grandchild will bring you new found joy, and a chip off of Ron's great spirit. May God Bless you and all your family. Sincerely, John and Elaine Hoffmann

Bob Kieling
   Posted Tue December 11, 2012
To have had Ron for a friend, albeit way too short, was a gift from above. A chance meeting of two strangers dropping discarded Christmas trees in Lake Auman to save the fish, created a friendship that produced much camaraderie and joy over the following years. Certainly, we did all the things that friends do together, but Ron was special. He was the “wind beneath the wings” of all who knew him, lifting their spirits to new highs. There will be a void in our lives, but our hearts will be filled with all the wonderful memories of Ron. See you on the other side buddy. Maybe then, I can catch the biggest fish.

Shari Kieling
   Posted Tue December 11, 2012
Dear Karen, Nicole, Jeff (and little Julian): It saddens me to be writing this email but "things must be shared about Ron". A "LIGHT" has been extinguished on this earth.. He was a dear, funny man. I will miss him calling me "Shar-bear". His fun in life was "everything", fishing, boating, golf, poker and his favorite partner in it all was you Karen. His battle with cancer was long and hard but you, Karen, are my hero. You fought the battle right along side of him to the very end... If there's a boat up in the heavens with a small tree growing in the bow, and a gold fishing rod...for sure it's Ron. He'll be watching over his little family..never doubt that....Good-bye Ron...You will be missed so much......

Ron and Pam Gable
   Posted Tue December 11, 2012
Karen and Family, May the presence of God surround each of you in this time of loss. May His grace be wonderfully amazing toward you. Ron and Pam Gable ( LOA Fishing Member)

Jill Bandel
   Posted Thu December 13, 2012
Super Bowl will not be the same without you.We miss you Ron,love you Jill and Ron

Emily Blocker
   Posted Thu December 13, 2012
We are thinking of all you during this time. All of our love and sympathy. Em, Dustin, Jack, Susan and Richard

fielding walker
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
Ron was easy to be with and always fun. In work you could count on him to do what's right. We will miss having him amongst us

Russ & Pam Kleinheksel
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
Pam and I send our condolence to Karen and Necole on the passing of our dear friend Ron. God Bless.

Barlow & Phyllis Thompson
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. Memories of our interaction working for Les Krohn and Roger Beach are very pleasant.4D

Maxine, Carol Ann & MaryAnn
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
Karen, We're so glad that Ron was a part of our lives & will remember him fondly. We smile (bitter-sweetly) when we think of him & have wonderful high school memories of Ron - Bishop Noll High School, Class of 1957. He was simply "the coolest." We'll miss him. Our sincere sympathies to you & your family. Always in our prayers & forever in our hearts. Sincerely, Maxine Bogusz Potter, Carol Ann Bonner Surufka, & MaryAnn Melyon Jayjack (BNHS, '57)

Jack & Rita Baker
   Posted Sat December 15, 2012
Our sincere sympathy on your loss.

Ray & Sheila Sibiga
   Posted Sat December 15, 2012
Karen, Nicole and Jeff. Sheila and I extend our sincere sympathy to you. Ron touched our lives in many ways and will always be remembered as a caring and giving person,always smiling and sometimes singing a Neil Diamond song. We will indeed miss him! Rest in Peace Ron.

Bob & Gloria Williams
   Posted Wed December 19, 2012
Karen, Please accept our sincere sympathy to you and your family.Ron was easy to like and always a joy to be around. Ron, rest in peace.