Obituary of Walter Joseph Merkle
Walter J. Merkle
Walter J. Merkle, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Born on March 27, 1928 in College Point, NY to the late Juliette and Anthony Merkle. Walter proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge, Walter worked for the NYPD for 24 years as a Police Officer and Detective. Following his distinguished career in law enforcement, he went to work for the Loews Hotel Group in NYC as the Director of Security, and later finishing his work career as a Security Supervisor for the Rudin Management Co. in NYC.
Walter enjoyed painting, gardening and fishing during his retirement years, and looked forward to vacationing in Montauk, NY or at the Jersey Shore during the summer with his beloved wife of 60 years, Katherine, who predeceased him in 2016. Walter also enjoyed following all major sports. He was St. Joseph Regional High School’s #1 football fan, by far. Walter was loved and respected by all he met, based on his kind spirit and willingness to help anyone in need. He was a true gentleman.
Walter was a longtime parishioner of St. Margaret’s and St. Aedan’s in Pearl River, NY. He was also a member of the Rockland County Shields, Pearl River Elks, and many other law enforcement and Veteran affiliations for many years.
Walter is survived by his sons: Walter Jr. (Alicia) of Eugene, Oregon and Peter (Linda) of Pearl River, NY. Walter is also survived by his loving grandchildren: Christopher, Peter, Amanda, Kevin (Kayla), and Kathryn, as well as his great grandson: Callan. Walter was blessed with many wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Merkle, Degnan, and Plouffé families.
Walter was predeceased by his sister, Marian, and brothers: Eugene, Daniel, and Anthony, as well as his cousin, Arthur. Also predeceasing Walter is his brother-in-law; John (Jack) Degnan and sister-in-law; Mary Degnan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in honor and memory of Walter at the Wounded Warrior Project or at ‘Answer The Call’ - the NY Police & Fire Widows & Children’s Benefit Fund.