Merl Robert Lauth, 80, of Findlay, passed away with his family at his side at 11:40 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at The Heritage in Findlay.
He was born Dec. 15, 1931, in North Vernon, Ind., to the late Jeanetta (Kelso) andFrancis Merle Lauth. On Nov. 6, 1953, he married Mary Sue Davis, and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, John (Tina) Lauth, of Athens, Ga., and Timothy (Karmen) Lauth, of Findlay; a daughter, Anne (Dan) Bremer, of Hilliard; a sister, Florence (Matt) Gonnoud, of Long Island, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren, Anna Lauth, Suzanne Lauth, Reid Bremer, Allyson Bremer, Jackson Bremer, Kian Lauth, and Connor Lauth.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Lauth; and five sisters, Ella Marie â€śEllieâ€ť Fish, Colletta Broshears, Dorothy â€śDotâ€ť Corya, Jeanetta â€śSisâ€ť Beyer, and Hester Lauth.
Merl served 15 years as a non-commissioned officer in the Indiana National Guard in both armor units and the state detachment. During this period he also worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indianapolis. In 1962 he joined the United States Department of Treasury as a Federal Field Agent for the Internal Revenue Service. He retired after almost 35 years of government service. He loved traveling, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and was a sucker for a stray animal. He would grumble and complain about how much he hated pets, but if you were quiet you could catch him sitting at the kitchen table late in the evening or early in the morning doting on them while he sipped a cup of coffee and read. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and role model who will be remembered fondly and missed greatly by his family.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Coldrencrates Funeral Home in Findlay. Burial will be at a later date at the Vernon Cemetery in Vernon, Ind.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home,
Contributions Memorials may be directed to the Hancock County Humane Society.
Condolences may be expressed at coldrencrates.com.