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George Mertens

March 12, 1927 — March 17, 2024

Arkadelphia

George Mertens

George “Dutch” Mertens died peacefully in his sleep at home Sunday, March 17, 2024 at age 97. He was born in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas on March 12, 1927.

 

He was predeceased by the love of his life, Nora Sue Mertens (nee House); his brother, Hugh Joseph (Buddy) Mertens and his sisters: Mary Ellen Lloyd and Dixie Bowers.

 

George is survived by his two children: Tommy Mertens (Karen) and Jo Beth Mertens (Bill Page); his two grandchildren: Dillion Mertens (Lauren) and Noah Page; his brother, Donnie Mertens (Linda); three nieces, one nephew and many cousins.

 

George joined the Coast Guard in 1945 and served in the South Pacific. He spent most of his working life with the telephone company, first as a lineman and then an installer repairman. He and Sue made Arkadelphia their home in 1961, where they raised their children and built their lives.

 

George loved to tell stories, and he had friends of all ages. Always generous with his time and talents, he was blessed with neighbors and friends who cared about him and who he loved. He was a doting grandfather and a loving father. He was lucky to live a long and full life. He will be sorely missed.

 

Funeral services will be held at the Smith Family Funeral Home-Ruggles Wilcox Chapel in Arkadelphia on Friday March 22, 2024, with visitation at 1:00 p.m. and funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with a short graveside service to follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Arkadelphia.

 

Arrangements are entrusted to Smith Family Funeral Home-Arkadelphia, 517 Clay Street, Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71923.  www.smithfamilycares.com

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Visitation

Friday, March 22, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home

517 Clay St, Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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Funeral Service

Friday, March 22, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home

517 Clay St, Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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Interment

Friday, March 22, 2024

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Rest Haven Cemetery

AR-8, Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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