Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Merz

Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Merz, age 59, of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey on August 5, 2022, at MercyOne in Dubuque surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Jeff’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Jeff’s family.


Jeff was born on September 17, 1962, in Dubuque, IA, a son to Donald E. and Joan M. (Close) Merz and spent his entire life in the Dubuque area surrounded by family and friends.  Jeff worked at the Oral Arts Laboratory for over 22 years and spent some time with Eagle Window and Door as well.  In his free time, Jeff enjoyed the outdoors and could easily be found on the golf course, or doing a little fishing/hunting also.  He was naturally gifted with the artistic gene and leaves behind many pieces for his loved one’s to treasure for years to come.  Our hearts are broken with the sudden absence of Jeff from our daily lives, but we will seek to find what comfort we can in the memories which he leaves behind.  Thank you, Jeff, for doing your best when and where you could and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again. 


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Jeff include,


his 3 children,

Sara (Justin Nank) Merz, Dubuque, IA,

Samantha (Timothy Jurisic) Merz, Dubuque, IA,

and Benjamin Merz, Cassville, WI;


his grandchildren,

Gage Merz and Nolan Nank;


his father,

Donald Merz, Durango, IA;


his siblings,

Jackie Rogers, Miles, IA

Lawrence Merz, Dubuque, IA,

Richard Merz, Dubuque, IA,

Christopher (Sheila) Merz, Dubuque, IA,

and Kathy Blackwood, Graf, IA;


his former wife,

Cindy Merz, Cassville, WI;


his step-children,

Cutiellia (Tony Grabow, Joe Larson) Jones, Cassville, WI,

and Cameron Jones, Dubuque, IA;


his step-grandchildren,

Christian and Lucius;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Jeff was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Marie (Close) Merz; and his grandmother, Evelyn Close.


Jeff’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care.


Online condolences may be shared with Jeff’s family at

To honor Jeff’s life, a private family service is being held.

5 comments on “Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Merz
  1. Jeannine Ede says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing, I’ve known Jeff all my life and he will be sadly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers and my heart goes out to all of you.
    RIP Gruffer

  2. Scott Smith says:

    My condolences to the Merz family.Jeff was kind and talented. I always enjoyed fishing and golfing with him.I have many great memories of our fishing trips at the Willow Flowage.RIP Gruffer

  3. Kathy and Sean (Henkel) Hedges says:

    To Donnie and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Our heart goes out to you all.
    RIP Jeff.

  4. Karl Rittenburg says:

    RIP Jeff, from an old bowling teammate

  5. Craig Kloft says:

    My condolences to the Merz family. I haven’t seen Jeff since St. Pats school days. Played a lot of baseball and basketball back in the day. A lot of childhood memories.

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