Merle W. Lorntz

January 22, 1939 - August 25, 2021

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Friday, August 27, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Hudson-Ashley Chapel


Friday, August 27, 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Hudson-Ashley Chapel


Merle W. Lorntz, 82, of Pleasant Lake died Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Orchard Pointe Health Campus in Kendallville.

He was born January 22, 1939, in Wauseon, Ohio to Paul W. and Frieda V. (Spangler) Lorntz.

On December 13, 1958, in Williams Center, Ohio, he married Beverly J. Patterson.

Mr. Lorntz retired from Merritt Sand and Gravel near Angola, and was also a farmer.

He was a member of the Ashley United Methodist Church, Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation, Steuben County Pork Producers, and Farm Bureau Insurance Board. At one time, he also served on the Salem Center Fire Department.

Merle enjoyed collecting old tractors and tinkering on junk.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Beverly Lorntz of Pleasant Lake; two daughters, Brook (Joe) Hartman of Howe and Beth (Craig) Kain of LaGrange; five sons, Mark (Patty) Lorntz of Fremont, Michael Lorntz of Angola, Monty Lorntz of Pleasant Lake, Matthew (Donna) Lorntz of Pleasant Lake, and Mitch Lorntz of Fort Wayne; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Ann Hanna and Janice Leppelmeier; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be Friday, August 27, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Hudson-Ashley Chapel, 612 North Main Street, Hudson.

Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor J.L. Horton of the Ashley United Methodist Church officiating.

Merle’s funeral service on Friday will also live stream on the Young Family Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 2 p.m. for those unable to attend in person.

Burial will follow at Circle Cemetery near Hudson.

Pallbearers are Trevor Lorntz, Tyler Lorntz, Tatem Lorntz, Lance Lorntz, Cole Lorntz, and Blake Kain.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Salem Center Fire Department.

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Rex and Tammy Shultz
September 5th, 2021 5:54pm

Our prayers are with your family during this time. You have lots of good memories to cherish with your dad, grandpa .

Monty & Diana. Straw
August 28th, 2021 12:42am
Hamilton, Indiana

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the passing of Merle.

Marty & Shelly (Donze) Reagle
August 27th, 2021 4:57pm
Sherwood Ohio

So sorry to hear of the passing of Merle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sally Durbin
August 27th, 2021 1:49pm

Thinking of the entire family and sending sympathy and prayer. I am sorry for you loss and unable to attend the calling or services but certainly thinking of you all.

todd, lori and colton
August 27th, 2021 12:09pm

Brook, Joe and girls we are so sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers for you today.

Chelsea Ford-Gladieux
August 27th, 2021 1:22am
Annapolis, Maryland

Bev (and Monte) we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Merle was one of the nicest gentleman I knew. He had so many kind words to say about others- his positivism and kindness will be missed. We loved seeing all of you at our wedding (the last time we saw you), but so grateful we were able to spend time with you!

Karen Lorntz Ford
August 27th, 2021 12:49am
Bryan, OH

Cousins, so sorry to hear of Merle's passing. I feel fortunate that I was able to talk to him & Bev recently (at Janice's viewing). My thoughts will be with you tomorrow and wish I could be there with you. You and your families are in my prayers.

Rod & Vicki Matthews
August 27th, 2021 12:34am
Fort Myers Florida

Thinking of you all during this time. We're sorry for your loss.

Toni Campbell Wyse
August 26th, 2021 10:52pm
Bryan Ohio

So sorry to hear this. Sending out thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

Bridget Kitchen
August 26th, 2021 2:29am
Montpelier, Ohio

I’m so sorry to hear of uncle Merle passing away!! He always picked on me growing up!! I admit I was a bit intimidated by him when I was younger!! But as I grew up I learned he wasn’t so scary❤️ We had a lot of nice talks at the reunions!! I will miss you uncle Merle.. see you again in heaven.. I love you all so much... hugs and prayers~ your cousin, Bridget❤️

Lee & Bonnie Patterson
August 26th, 2021 12:48am
Crestview, Florida

Fond memories of Uncle Merle teaching me things on his farm in the early 1960’s. He was bigger than life and I will miss him. Sending love and sympathy to Aunt Beverly.

Tawnya & Donn English
August 25th, 2021 11:56pm
Antwerp, Ohio

Sending our Condolences to the family. We LOVED Uncle Merle so much. Loved him giving me knuckle sandwiches and loving hugs. Also him squeezing Donn's hand so hard until it hurt. He was so strong.

Alice Bremer
August 25th, 2021 11:35pm

Prayers to the family. Such fond memories of neighbor Merle.

Lucy Meeks
August 25th, 2021 11:16pm
Hudson IN

So very sorry for your family’s loss. I am thankful to have known him as a neighbor for many years. Thinking of you all in this difficult time.