William Mericle, Jr.

April 5, 1925 ~ March 17, 2011

William Simon Mericle, Jr., 85, of Lake Charles died Thursday, March 17, 2011, after being overwhelmed by the omnipresent malady of old age.

A member of the "Greatest Generation," he was born in Starks to Edna and William S. Mericle, Sr., April 5, 1925. From humble means he quickly learned the lessons and the value of hard work and perseverance. He attended and ultimately graduated from Sulphur High School. As many before him, he interrupted high school to enlist in the Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific theater under his hero, General Douglas MacArthur. He piloted a landing craft (LCVP) during several Pacific "island hopping" campaigns from New Guinea to the Southern Philippines. He completed his tour with the witnessing of the surrender of Japan and participating in its occupation. After the war, he attended McNeese Junior College, where he played football, a sport he continued to enjoy throughout his life.

Bill or "Rip", as he was known by all, was employed by Cities Service and Cit-Con, where he worked as a lab technician for almost 50 years. In pursuit of the "American Dream" for his family, he always held part-time positions primarily at Borden's as a facility maintenance man.

He was an ordinary man of his generation, which makes him extraordinary by today's standard. He was a living example of a well-defined work ethic, personal sacrifice, humility, and a genuine respect for others. He truly loved his family and was deeply sorry for his shortcomings.

When time allowed, Bill found pleasure in officiating high school football, playing golf, and bird hunting. He was a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Bill is survived by the mother of his children, Angie Niel Mericle; sons, Mike Mericle and wife Sandy of Durango, CO; William (BB) Mericle, III; Bruce Mericle; Robert Mericle of Pembroke Pines, FL; Paul Mericle of Houston, TX; daughters, Charlotte Maxcy and husband Bill; Kathy Tawes and husband Greg of Panama City Beach, FL; Tina Spell and husband Tony; and Connie Schnepf of Waterloo, IL.

Bill's grandchildren include Kimen Colgan, Ty Mericle, Molly Sappington, LeLe Mericle, Tony Benoit, Jonathan Benoit, Trent Romero, Michael Mericle, Aaron Tawes, Curtis Mericle, Daniel Spell, Victoria Schnepf, Jacob Mericle, and Megan Mericle; and his great grandchildren of whom he was most proud, Justin Mericle, Ella Colgan, Bentley Benoit, Josephine Mericle, Jullien Romero, Charlie Colgan, Madeline Sappington, and Luciahna Romero.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Emanuel Tanu will officiate. Interment will be at Port Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary, LA at a later date. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a rosary being recited at 6:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, visit the elderly, especially those confined to a nursing home.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Jeune Sias, Jr., Bill's caregiver and friend.

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  1. Aunt Angie and cousins,We are saddened by the passing of Uncle Bill. And know that it is not easy letting go of one so dear to you. We hope you all can find peace and solace in remembering how deeply he touched each of your lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Bruce and family, I'm so sorry, but I know that Rip is home! I've loved your dad since first meeting him at the Oak Park Market Basket where I worked in the late 70's/early 80's. I had the pleasure of working with him when I worked at CitCon in the 90's! Your dad truly was a first class act! Bruce, I could tell where you got your good sense of humor, charm, and love for other people! You will all be in my prayers!Kat Hanberry Williams

  3. Bruce, I will always rmember the first time I meet your father. he was in true Rip form that day. Words can not comfprt in this time but prayers can. Know that you and your family are in mine and my familes prayers. Charmaine, Andy the Geraldine Landry Family

  4. Bruce,I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. From what I read, it sounds like he was a great man. I'll be remembering your family during this difficult time.Sincerely,Amy Felice

  5. Charlotte, and Mike, I just learned from FiFi that your father had died. I can't be there to support you for the services, but I want to express my condolences to you, your family, and your Mom. I have only vague recollections of your father, but when I saw his photo, I recognized him immediately! My own Dad has been gone 21 years, and I can hardly believe it. For me, the loss has been hard, and I imagine that you are feeling the end of an era yourselves. I spent an awful lot of time in your home growing up, and it was always such a lively place to be, full of love and togetherness. I hope you share my memories of happy times. Know that I am with you in spirit.Much love, Robin

  6. Dear Charlotte, Bill and family, It was my great pleasure to have met and laughed with your father, Rip. I know that his eyes are continuing to sparkle in the presence of his Lord. I pray for comfort for you and your family with the sound knowledge that you will be reunited in heaven.Love,Jackie

  7. Dear Mike and Bruce, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's death. It is hard and no words of mine will make it any easier. I just want you both to know that i am thinking about your family at this time.Please let me know if I can help in some way. Davene

  8. Hello Tina, BB, Tony, Jonathan and the rest,I am still thinking of you guys even after a month has gone by. I know your pain from losing your dad because we lost our dad in 2006. I try to remember the good times as I know you will do the same. I thought your dad was a nice man and I liked him very much. May God bless and comfort you – Vicki

  9. My thoughts are with each of you at this time. I remember Bill for his big smile and laugh! He always took an interest in being part of his extended family. My prayers and affirmations are with each of you and him.Sincerely,Grant Cardone

  10. Please accept my condolences. I can't help but think back on all my adventures with Mericles. The stories about Bill that come to mind right now I probably shouldn't share in this forum, but be assured they are fond memories and most of them funny as hell. And to the rest of the clan I am truly sorry for your loss and wish I could be there to share with you our stories of the past, the present and hopes for the future. Bruce my friend, give me a call will you. Sincerely, Jay

  11. Uncle Bill will be missed dearly. Am sorry I can not be at the services.My prayers and love to your family.Love, Karen Mericle Glover(Curly's youngest)

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