Norman L. ‘Jiggs’ Mertes, 80


Norman L. “Jiggs” Mertes, 80, of Sheboygan died at his home, with his family at his side on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2013, following a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Norman was born on March 24, 1933, in Oostburg, the son of Raymond and Elva (Glass) Mertes. He attended Oostburg schools and served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict. On Oct. 22, 1955, he married Donna Schultz in Sheboygan. Donna preceded him in death on Oct. 16, 1995. On May 10, 1997, he married Kim Black in Cedarburg. Norman was a sales manager for Sommer’s Auto in Mequon for over 30 years before his retirement in 1995.

Norman was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls, VFW Post 9156 in Sheboygan and the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking, NASCAR, hunting, card playing and traveling.

Norman is survived by his wife, Kim; three daughters, Barbara Mertes of Grafton, Cheryl Mertes of Grafton and Gail (Ron) Burchardt of Jackson; two sons, Michael (Diane) Mertes of Hingham and David (Carole “CJ”) Mertes of Grafton; five grandchildren, Amanda, Sara, Kyle, Brandon, and Austin Mertes; one stepdaughter, Tiffany (Tom) Chamberlain of Plymouth; one stepson, Tim (Frosina) Traver of Lutz, Fla.; five stepgrandchildren, Randy, Victoria, Madison, Colton and Abrianna; one sister, Gladys Sargent of Sheboygan; and two brothers, Gilbert (Virginia) Mertes of Sheboygan and Aaron (Shirley) Mertes of Sheboygan; two sisters-in-law, Kathy Mertes of Sheboygan Falls, and Louise Mertes of Sheboygan. Norman is also survived by Christy Mertes of Grafton.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; one sister, Irma (Richard) Janey; two brothers, Jerome and Roland Mertes; a sister-in-law, Shirley (Morgan) Mertes; and a brother-in-law, Earl Sargent.

A funeral to celebrate Norman’s life will take place at the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 17, 2013, with the Rev. Mark Janzen officiating. Military honors will follow. Burial will take place at Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg.

Family and friends will gather at the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg today from 3 p.m. until the time of the service at 6 p.m.

For online condolences and additional information please visit www.wenigfuneralhome. com.

A memorial fund is being established in his name.

The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Oostburg, (920) 564-2771, is serving the Mertes family.