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Terrence Joseph Merkel

May 28, 2019
Terrence Joseph Merkel
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Obituary for Terrence Joseph Merkel

Terrence Joseph Merkel passed away in Prescott, AZ on May 28, 2019. He was born in Cleveland, OH to Albert and Marian Meckelberg.

Terry is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Louise Merkel, nieces Christine (Rob) Evers and Annie Jarabek, and grandnieces Danica Evers, Alexandra (Hrvoje) Viduc, and Erica Evers.  

Terry was a professional fisheries biologist. He worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in various locations throughout his career, primarily in the Southwest and on Indian reservations. He received his B.S. degree in biology from the University of San Francisco and his M.S. in zoology at the University of California Berkeley. After his retirement he retired to Flagstaff, AZ with his wife and volunteered for more than 20 years in the zoology department at the Museum of Northern Arizona where he received many awards including Museum Fellow and the J. Ferrell Colton Outstanding Alumni Award for staff. In 2014, the museum named the Terrence Merkel Zoology Laboratory in his honor for his many contributions promoting the understanding and archival preservation of the biodiversity of the Colorado Plateau in relation to Western North America. Terry also received a certificate and plaque from the Chairman of the Navajo Nation in recognition and appreciation of his years of service in fishery management.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Terry’s name to the Museum of Northern Arizona.


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Visitation

Sunday

2

Jun

3:00 PM 6/2/2019 3:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 6/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
Ruffner-Wakelin Prescott Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory

303 S. Cortez St.
Prescott, AZ 86303

Ruffner-Wakelin Prescott Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory
303 S. Cortez St. Prescott 86303 AZ
United States

Rosary

Sunday

2

Jun

4:00 PM 6/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
Ruffner-Wakelin Prescott Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory

303 S. Cortez St.
Prescott, AZ 86303

Ruffner-Wakelin Prescott Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory
303 S. Cortez St. Prescott 86303 AZ
United States

Funeral Service

Monday

3

Jun

11:00 AM 6/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

150 Fleury St.
Prescott, AZ 86301

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
150 Fleury St. Prescott 86301 AZ
United States
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