James R. Mertens
Nov. 4, 1927 — Dec. 26, 2016

James R. “Jim” Mertens, 89, a resident of Kirkland Crossings Retirement Community in Pewaukee and formerly of Juneau, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, December 26, 2016.

Visitation will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam on Saturday, January 7, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral services will follow at the church on Saturday, January 7, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Oscar Rozo officiating. Interment will take place at Hartland Village Cemetery.

Jim was born on November 4, 1927, in Milwaukee. He was raised by his parents, Rudy and Ruth (Mackie) Mertens. He was a graduate of Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. Jim was married to Elizabeth “Bette” Haselow on September 23, 1950, in Hartland. He was employed with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department for many years until his retirement in 1983.

Jim served his country in the U.S. Army from 1950 until 1952 during the Korean War. He was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam, where he would take the Communion to shut-ins and served on their vestry for many years. Jim loved to travel with his wife, especially after his retirement. He had a love of music and will be remembered for his smile and great sense of humor.

Jim is survived by his son, Jim Mertens of Redmond, Wash.; his sister, Patricia (Harry) Baker of Pewaukee; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bette, in 2013; his son Jeffrey in 2015; and his sister Adrienne in 2006. If desired, memorials may be made in Jim Mertens’ name to St. Mark’s Episcopal Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 126, Beaver Dam, WI 53196; or to the Alzheimer’s Association; or to the Presbyterian Homes Foundation The family requests that memorial donations be considered in lieu of flowers.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at