Larry Merk

Obituary of Larry Mahlon Merk

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Larry Mahlon Merk, 83, of Monmouth Junction, NJ, passed peacefully into our Lord’s arms with family by his side on January 8, 2023.  He will be extremely missed.

Born in Norristown, PA, Larry lived in South Brunswick where he retired as the Water & Sewer Director of the township.  He held licenses, as well as, multiple positions in the water utility field, including Chairman and Treasurer of The New Jersey Section Of The American Water Works.

Larry was an avid fan of NASCAR, the Pittsburg Steelers and sports his grandchildren participated in.  He was interested in small sports cars, Jeopardy and more recently, politics.  He enjoyed playing cards daily, horseshoes and quoits, as well as, spending much time by the pool with family.  He had a taste for various salmon dishes, all types of candy and a cold Coors Light for many years.  He adored all of his dogs, especially his current side kick, Bailey, and held high regards for their veterinarians at South Brunswick Animal Hospital.

A light hearted, happy gentleman, Larry was known for his witty humor and sharing good experiences of his life.  He dearly missed “the best friend he ever knew”, his brother-in-law, John Bacorn.  No one can help but smile at the thought of their previous, and now future, endeavors.

Predeceased by his parents Mahlon and Esther Merk, and son Clifford Merk, he is survived and missed by his loving wife Claudia (Conover) Merk; daughters and sons-in-law Pamela and John Kessler, Stephanie and Dan Jonaitis; grandchildren Shawn, Patrick, Ashley and Avery; and brothers and sisters-in-law David and Nancy Merk, Richard and Beth Merk, Shirley Bacorn, and Carolyn and Edward Walczak; extended family and many close friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association at  or St. Jude’s Research Hospital at 

Services are private and under the direction of M. J. Murphy Funeral Home.  

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