Paul R. Mertz, 80, of Hecker, IL, died September 5, 2023, in Hecker, IL. He was born June 6, 1943, in Red Bud, IL.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Mertz; children Christine Mertz, Stephen (Barb) Mertz, and Marty (Angie) Mertz; grandchildren Gregory Mertz, Bradley Mertz, Sierra Mertz, Ashley Johnson, and Danielle Johnson; brother James Mertz; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents Leonard D. & Hilda Rose (nee Wilhelms) Mertz; brother John (Mary) Mertz; and sister-in-law Dianne Mertz.
He was a 3rd Degree Mason, retired Hecker Volunteer Fireman, a US Coast Guard Veteran, and retired from IDOT.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Red Bud Masonic Lodge
No services will be held.