On Friday, July 18, 2008, Richard G. Mertens passed away in Kingman at home with his family at his side.
Richard was born Dec. 10, 1918, in Snyder, Colo., to Stephen and Agnes Mertens, who preceded him in death.
Richard served in the Army from 1942 to 1944. He was a member of Mohave Roaming Sams camp club. He and his wife traveled all over with the club and enjoyed lots of great trips with friends to Alaska and other great locations.
Richard was a long-time Elks member. He was always willing to help with whatever needed to be done. He was instrumental in developing the bingo program at the Elks and was always there to help until his health did not allow him to continue. Richard and Rexene moved to Kingman in 1978 after his retirement. He retired from the mining industry.
Richard was preceded in death by his brothers, Vince and wife Winnel, Ray and wife Mary, Clem and wife Donalea Wilfred; and sisters, Margaret and husband Roy Moline, Clara and husband Tony McNulty, and son David.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rexene. Richard is also survived by his sister-in-law, Adele Mertens, residing in Sterling, Colo.
Richard and Rexene have four children. He is survived by daughter, Vera, and husband Jerry Hutchison; Betty, and husband Barry Annin; son, Robert, and wife Pat; and daughter-in-law, Laurie. He is also survived by grandchildren and spouses, Russ and Susan Hutchison of Peoria; Suzi and David Wuth of Atlanta; Teresa and Danny Montano of Tucson; Kim and Alex Nutt of Atlanta; Robert and Stacy Mertens of Kingman; Lori and Chris Newberry of Kingman; Rodney Annin of Oceanside, Calif.; Brianne and Chris McIntire of Tucson; and Lieghjay and Scott Nultemeirer of Tucson. Also surviving are 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Richard loved a great card game, horseshoes and watching his grandkids play sports. He will be missed by family and friends.
Richard's family would like to say thanks to everyone at Hospice. They were of great comfort to Richard and his family and made his passing as easy as possible. Thank you so much.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to: KRMC Hospice, 3269 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, AZ 86401, (928) 692-4680. There will be a memorial at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Elks Lodge, 900 Gates Ave., (928) 753-2547.