US Marine Corps

David Allen "Merk" Merkley

August 2, 1959 ~ August 16, 2019 (age 60)

Life Story

David Allen “Merk” Merkley, 60, of Ithaca, passed away at home with his wife by his side on August 16, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.  Born on August 2, 1959, in Auburn, NY, he was the son of Leatrice E. (Youngs) Merkley and the late David Albert Merkley.  David graduated from Jordan Elbridge Central High School in Jordon, NY, in June of 1977.  Immediately after high school, Merk enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1977 and served until his honorable discharge in 1982. David married his loving wife, the former Dee Walker, in September of 2001.

Merk was a jack-of-all-trades, master of none, and worked construction for Don Davis Construction in North Fort Myers, FL, prior to his illness.  He was a true NASCAR fan (Mark Martin) and NFL Fan (NY Giants).  His true passion in life was spending time with his family.  He enjoyed playing football in the summertime and building snow forts in the wintertime for his children.  Merk was always a big kid at heart.

Merk is survived by his loving wife of nearly 18 years, Dee M. Merkley; children, Becky (Edward) Karschner, Christopher Merkley, Anthony Merkley, Sara (Christopher) Berry, and Mark (Angelina) Hodencamp, Jr.; 19 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; mother, Leatrice (Youngs) Merkley; siblings, Lee Ann (Louis R. Jr.) Ferretti, Dale (Victoria) Merkley, Albert Merkley, Michele (John) Anderson, and Bobbie Jo (Don) Showens; and several extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, David A. Merkley, Jr. on December 14, 2005, and his father, David Albert Merkley, on May 19, 2018.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Dryden VFW, 2272 Dryden Road, Dryden, NY 13053.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in David's name may be directed to the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse VA Medical Center, or Hospicare.

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Celebration of Life
October 12, 2019

1:00 PM
Dryden VFW
2272 Dryden Road
Dryden, NY 13053


Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes
612 West State Street, Ithaca NY 14850
Tel: 1-607-277-0960

VA Medical Center
800 Irving Avenue, Syracuse NY 13210
Tel: 1-315-425-4400

172 East King Road, Ithaca NY 14850
Tel: 1-607-272-0212

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