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Thomas A. Merkel

July 20, 1934 — July 2, 2022


Thomas A. Merkel, age 87, Appleton, passed away on July 2, 2022. Tom was born on July 20, 1934 in Appleton to Robert and Hermine Merkel. He was a graduate of Appleton High School. He started as a Masonry Apprentice at age 18 and worked as a mason until his retirement at age 72. He was employed with Miron Construction for a while but most recently he was the owner of Merkel Masonry. On August 14, 1980 he married his wife Lyn and they enjoyed 43 years together before he passed. In his younger days he enjoyed working on cars. He also enjoyed fishing with his son Dean and later, Lyn’s dad Ross, camping, trap shooting and snowmobiling.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Lyn, children: Debi Kraus, Donald Merkel, David (Carrie) Merkel, and Dean Merkel, 4 grandchildren; Laura (Adam) Moore, Jennifer (Josh) Ball, Robert (Alexandra) Merkel, and Justin Merkel, 7 great-grandchildren, sister Mary Lou (Charles) Dinger as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Margaret Groves and William Merkel.

There will be a private graveside service for Tom at St. Joseph Cemetery of Appleton. For more information and to express condolences, please visit

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