Conroy Funeral Home

Thomas Mertens, Sr.

Private Service
MERTENS, Thomas A., Sr., 85, of Springfield passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 in Southbrook Care Center. He was a loving husband to Lorraine Mertens for 65 years. He was born May 15, 1936 in Springfield, Ohio the son of Henry L. and Margaret (Smith) Mertens. Tom retired from Navistar after 33 years of service and working tirelessly with a committee to guarantee that retirees and future retirees would have health insurance. He was highly respected by his peers. Tom and Lorraine raised three children, Susan & Gary Brown, T.A. & Adora Mertens and Darlene & David Todd. His love for landscaping earned him many home beautification awards and he also enjoyed building and painting birdhouses and giving them to friends. Tom and Lorraine loved to travel and made many friends around the country. He was very proud of his grandchildren and inspired them to be the best that they could be. His grandchildren include, Eric & Martha Brown, Kelli & Kyle Waldron, Brian & Audrey Brown, Stephen & Jessica Mertens, Austin & Erika Mertens, Sarah & Luke Short, Justin Mihaly. Tom loved watching and playing with his great grandchildren, Broc White, Logan Waldron, Evan and Marcus Brown, Hudson, Della and Genevieve Mertens, Isiah Harding, Myles and Zeke Mertens and Ella and Emerson Short. He also loved spending time with his brother, John "Jack" Mertens. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters and a great grandchild. A private family service will be held at a later date.

I have just learned of Uncle Toms passing. I have many memories growing up and having family gatherings and picnics at Une Tom's house and Uncle Jerrys house. Saddened I havent seen the family in a very long time. My heart goes out to Aunt Lorraine and everyone

- Amy Prather, Wednesday July 28th, 2021

Tom was so very special he Was very kind and caring I will always remember him and His very special Kind hearted wife Lorraine. God Bless

- Larry Small, Sunday July 25th, 2021

Tom was so very special he Was very kind and caring I will always remember him and His very special Kind hearted wife Lorraine. God Bless

- Larry Small, Wednesday July 21st, 2021

Uncle Tom what is the deeply dedicated family man who welcomed us warmly to his home I will miss him very much

- Molly Metens, Sunday June 6th, 2021

You are in my thoughts and prayers Lorraine. So many years ago that I first met you and Tom when I came to America.

- Cynthia Mertens, Sunday June 6th, 2021

Uncle Tom had the kindest eyes and he and Lorraine were always good to me. We still cherish the birdhouse he gave us and stories of his childhood. My sincere condolences to all.

- Dan Mertens, Sunday June 6th, 2021

Uncle Tom is one of a kind. Springfield was lucky to have him!

- Sheila Holt, Saturday June 5th, 2021

What a GREAT loving man ❤️ So deeply sorry for your loss

- Missy Blacker, Saturday June 5th, 2021

Love and condolences to Lorraine and family. Uncle Tom was a special man. Wish I had seen more if him over the years. But great memories of the few times I was lucky enough to spend time with him.

- Julie Wittenberg, Saturday June 5th, 2021

Thankful he was well loved by his family all the way to the end. It was precious to cross paths one last time prior to his passing.

- Tricia Blanken , Saturday June 5th, 2021