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John G. “Jerry” Mertz

November 28, 1924 – January 9, 2018

Medford - John G. Mertz passed away on January 9, 2018 at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford.  He was born in Stayton, on November 28, 1924.  The family moved to Anaheim, CA soon after his birth.  Jerry attended St. Boniface School and Anaheim Union High School.

Jerry served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific. At the end of the war he attended and graduated from the University of Oregon.

Jerry returned to California and worked for Farmers' Bros. Coffee as a buyer and then for Union Oil in Los Angeles.  He rose to the position of commercial credit manager for the western United States.  He introduced computers to station owners in the western states.  Jerry retired after over 30 years of service.

Jerry returned to Stayton to help care for his mother.  He bought a home on Kathy Street and became a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish.  He was an active walker and a believer in exercise and healthy living.

Funeral mass will be Saturday, January 27 at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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