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Richard “Dick” Arnold Merz

Joe Denoyer - May 1, 2018 2:43 pm

Richard “Dick” Arnold Merz, 79, died April 27, 2018 at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He was born on December 16, 1938 in Garden City, the son of Arnold and Bonnie (Maxwell) Merz.

Dick was a lifetime resident of Satanta.  He graduated from Satanta High School in 1956.  He went on the further his education at Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma, graduating in 1961.  On May 31, 1963, he married Phyllis Faurot in Clayton, New Mexico.  She preceded him in death on January 17, 2014.

He worked for United Carbon, Satanta Co-op, and the City of Satanta, was a Postmaster, and worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline until his retirement in 1995.  After his retirement, he then worked for his son, Brian, at Mid West Equipment Sales until April of 2010.

Dick served the Satanta community in many ways.  He was on the Satanta Fire Department for 25 years and served as a scoutmaster for several.  He was a board member of the Satanta Chamber for six years and also served on the Satanta Recreation Board, served as the Satanta Lions Club secretary-treasurer for five years, and was also the treasurer for the City of Satanta for many years. Dick was a member of the Satanta United Methodist Church.

Dick is survived by two sons, Richard Brent Merz and wife Lisa of Holcomb and Brian Leigh Merz of Garden City; a daughter, Shelley Jo Kuehler and husband Joey of Satanta; one brother, Don Merz and wife Cinda of Santa Fe, New Mexico; nine grandchildren, Amanda Merz, Brady Merz, Christian Merz, Kyle Merz and wife Farrah, Drew Merz, Austin Merz, Brice Merz, Michael Kuehler and wife Keyla, and Megan Kuehler; and six great grandchildren and one great grandchild to arrive soon.  In addition to his wife Phyllis, he is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be held at Satanta United Methodist Church on Saturday May 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM with Pastor Gary Davison presiding.  Burial will follow at Dudley Township Cemetery in Satanta.  Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel, Sublette on Friday May 4, 2018 from noon to 8:00PM.  Memorials are suggested to Pikes Peak Hospice or the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.  Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at