Richard W. Merz, age 74, of Highland Rd., Hermitage, passed away December 3, 2020 after a brief illness.

He was born in Sewickley, PA on September 15, 1946 to William J. and Kathryn B. (Brittan) Merz. Rick lived in Ambridge, PA until 1960, when he and his parents moved to Greenville. He was a 1964 graduate of Reynolds High School, where he was a member of the Varsity “R” Club, Student Council, newspaper, science club, math club, as well as involved in football and wrestling.

Rick married the love of his life, the former Joan Lee Proud on October 12, 1968. He attended Youngstown State University for Business Adminstration and graduated with honors in 1968. Rick was employed with K-Mart for over twenty-five years as well as being employed with CVS Pharmacy. After suffering two strokes at age 54, Rick worked very hard in rehab. Because of his hard work, he was able to go to work with West Central Job Partnership, located at Careerlink, where he worked for nineteen years.

He enjoyed classic and antique cars and was active in local events as a member of the SU Antique Automobile Club. He even helped organize the annual Father's Day Car Show. He was an active member of Hickory United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees over the years.

Rick is survived by his wife Joan, a sister-in-law; Maryett Karen Shannon and two special cousins; Jackie Bee of Greenville and Becky Jack of Pittsburgh. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his best friends; Jack, Sharon and Nathan Crocker.

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, a Private Family Memorial Service will be held at 6:30pm, Wednesday December 23, 2020 in Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage. Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory United Methodist Church, 240 N. Hermitage Rd., Hermitage, PA 16148. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.



  1. Gregory G Greenlee Gregory G Greenlee
    December 10, 2020    

    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to Rick’s family at this difficult time. Sending Prayers the Lord brings Peace at this difficult time.

  2. Robert and Donna Shearer Robert and Donna Shearer
    December 10, 2020    

    We were very sorry to learn of Mr. Merz’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

  3. Cathy and Dave Eckley Cathy and Dave Eckley
    December 10, 2020    

    Joan, so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Sending prayers, sympathy and love to you and your family.

  4. Meryl Barnett & Elton Barnett Meryl Barnett & Elton Barnett
    December 11, 2020    

    So sorry to hear of Rock’s passing! Our condolences and prayers are with you.

  5. Karen Gill Karen Gill
    December 11, 2020    

    I am so sorry for your loss Joan!! You are in my thoughts and prayers during this terrible time.

  6. Rhonda Rapple Story Rhonda Rapple Story
    December 13, 2020    

    So very sorry to hear of Mr Merz passing. Always a favorite of mine at Kmart. Condolences to the family .

  7. JoAnn Renk Forrester JoAnn Renk Forrester
    December 21, 2020    

    My heart goes out to you and Karen over Rick’s death. I have greatly appreciated the friendship that your family has extended me over the past 40 years. I was so glad I got to see all three of you this summer and spent some time laughing talking and remembering the good times. My prayers are with you and Karen daily and look forward to seeing you again this summer. I am sure Rick has already found the antique car group and is enjoying talking about cars. Love you!

  8. Don & Jeanne Bee Don & Jeanne Bee
    December 23, 2020    

    We are so very sorry for the passing of Rick. I (Don) have appreciated knowing Rick since our high school days. He was always a kind and easy going guy. Jeanne and I have so enjoyed the picnics we had together with you folks, at Jackie and Bills. We will never forget him. Joan Lee, our many thoughts and prayers are with you and Karen during this difficult time. Love and God bless.

  9. Anonymous Anonymous
    December 23, 2020    

    May God Bless you all in this time of sorrow. Please stay safe Joan Lee, Karen, and Jackie as you are in our daily thoughts and prayers.
    Charlie and Carol Monks
    Franklin, TN 37067

  10. Louise Brown Louise Brown
    December 24, 2020    

    Dear Joan,
    The service was very nice and I am sending you my love and prayers.

  11. Cass Brittain Schumacher Cass Brittain Schumacher
    December 24, 2020    

    Oh Joanie, I’m so sorry you are going through this honey. You have my deepest sympathy. I loved Ricky even though we didn’t see each other much and I guess that’s where our family bond comes in. The service was just beautiful and I’m thankful that it was virtual. I’ll be calling you Sweetie. I love you. Cass. PS. Vicki also sends her condolences. She felt really bad as did Paula.

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