Philip Merkel

Philip Rodney Merkel

1956 - 2019
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Philip R. Merkel of Havre de Grace, MD, passed away on November 24, 2019 at University of Maryland. He was 63 years old and the devoted husband of 18 years to Deanna B. Merkel.
Mr. Merkel was born in Rochester, NY to the late Shirley Merkel. He was the devoted father of Jacob John Hunter Merkel and his step-daughter Kayla Anne Rowley. He was the loving grandfather to Luke William Simmons, brother of Kathleen Gielec, nephew to Jack and Joyce Merkel and the Godfather to Rebecca Merkel Yonckheere. He also was the son-in-law of Edith Hoffman.
Mr. Merkel was a United States Army Veteran. Where upon his honorable service to his country he continued as a Federal employee working for the Department of Defense, and he served in the Iraq War. He enjoyed the outdoors; you would often find his time being spent fishing, boating and had obtained his Captain's license. He was known for his sweet tooth. He enjoyed woodworking and billiards. He was a Raiders and Ravens football fan. He loved the family dogs, Rex and Bow, and spoiled them often.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M., at the Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 South Washington Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. Where a memorial service will be held at 2 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make donations to the Disabled American Veterans.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Zellman Funeral Home, P.A.
    123 South Washington Street
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 2:00pm
    Zellman Funeral Home, P.A.
    123 South Washington Street
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Elizabeth Danser

Posted at 11:19pm
No words can express my sympathy. He will be missed! Love Liz and family
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Adam Carrigan

Posted at 09:37pm
I came to know Phil through our time together with the Union. As it turns out, we had run in similar circles for years without ever having met. Once I got to know him, I figured out quickly that his bellowing voice and a scuffed-up hands protected a sensitive heart. He could be quick to anger, but it wasn't for anger's sake; it was because he wasn't willing to tolerate mistreatment (of himself, nor of anyone else). You didn't have to dig to deep to find that he was enormously kind. I enjoyed our conversations. I remember being grateful, on more than one occasion, that he would refer to me as his friend.

I hadn't seen much of him these last couple of years. That's my fault, more than anything. His door was always open. I just didn't make the time... and that is a thing I now regret.

Phil was a good man. He will be missed.

C.W. Mike Carter

Posted at 01:32pm
Phil and I worked together for a number of years. He was a good friend and loyal. My deepest sympathy to the family, he will be missed.

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