Eugene U. Merkel, 70, Jasper

Eugene U. Merkel, age 70, of Jasper, died Monday, April 6, at his home. He was born in Jasper November 28, 1949, to Urban and Lillian (Lampert) Merkel. He married Beverly Schitter November 18, 1989, at Salem United Church of Christ.

Gene worked as a test engineer at Kimball Electronics and retired from Kimball after 40 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He enjoyed his grandkids and watching them play ball. He loved being outdoors and relaxing on the porch or in the shed and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Merkel; two daughters, Michelle Merkel and companion Shaun Begle, Huntingburg, and  Jennifer Sims and husband Brandson, Newburgh; four grandchildren, Jarrett Merkel, Amber Huckelby and husband Daric, and Cain and Cooper Sims; two great-grandchildren, Leah and Ivan Huckelby; three step great-grandchildren, Lacy, Vinny, and Patrick Huckelby;  two sisters, Betty Harter and husband Paul and Patty Hoffman and husband Ambrose; one brother, Kenny Merkel and wife Joan; sister-in-law Linda Merkel; and brother-in-law Dale Barclay.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Margie Wolf and Ginger Barclay, and one brother, Larry Merkel.

Private services will be held at the Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home downtown chapel in Jasper with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to the endowment for Urban and Lillian Merkel family through the Dubois County Community Foundation. Online condolences can be shared at