Merle Joseph Voelkerding

Mr. Merle Joseph Voelkerding of Marthasville, MO, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, Sunday, December 13, 2020.

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He was born November 20, 1953 in Washington, MO, to Aloys "Pete" and Irene (Nee: Engemann) Voelkerding. He had reached the age of 67 years.

Merle married the love of his life, Patty Lee Shaw on October 25, 1975 in Washington, MO. This union was blessed with three girls, Kate, Lydia and Amanda. Merle worked most of his life in IT Management and was able to retire from St. Louis University in 2004. He stayed very busy as a longtime volunteer for the Marthasville Food Pantry. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Lifetime Member of the NRA and a Jack Daniels TN Squire. What he loved more than anything was spending time with his family. He was the Rock of the family and will be greatly missed by all.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents, Aloys "Pete" and Irene Voelkerding; son in law, Paul Reese brothers in law, Pete Kluesner, Robert Wagner. He is survived by his loving wife, Patty; children, Kate Reese, Lydia Bollinger (Bert), Amanda Voelkerding (James); grandchildren, Cameron, Dani, Gabby, Zesa, Alexander; siblings, Rosalie Kluesner, Clyde Voelkerding (Cathie), Laverne DuMond (John), Carolyn Brandt (Roland), Jean Ifrid (Bob), Royce Voelkerding, Linda Wagner; sister in law, Betty Emberg (Ron); many other friends and family.

We will Celebrate the Life of Merle Joseph Voelkerding, Thursday, December 17, 2020, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Martin Funeral Home in Marthasville, MO. A Funeral Service Mass will be held Friday, December 18, at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Augusta, MO. Interment will immediately follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Memorial donations are preferred to St Vincent DePaul School. Make checks payable to SVS, c/o Martin Funeral Home, 510 East main St. Warrenton, MO. 63383. Online condolences may be made at