Perry Merz

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Perry Merz was born December 15, 1972, in Elk City, Oklahoma, to Mary Lou (Simpson) and James Laverne Merz. He passed away on August 6, 2017, at Elk City, at the age of 44 years, seven months and 21 days. Perry grew up in Canute, Oklahoma, and graduated from high school in 1991. After graduation he began his career in the oil field. Even though Perry had a career in the oil field, his joy and passion was helping his dad farming and ranching on the family farm. Perry was a "people person" and knew and loved everyone in Canute and could call them by name. In turn, people could always count on Perry for a good laugh or a joke here and there. Perry was a perfectionist and enjoyed caring for machinery and equipment and made sure that they were ready when needed. He also enjoyed spending time with his children, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and maternal and paternal grandparents. He is survived by his three children, Chandler Merz and wife, Ausha, Elk City, Holden Merz, Canute, and Addie Jo Merz, Russellville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Mayleigh Merz, Silas Merz and J.R. Merz, all of Elk City; his father, James Merz, Canute; one sister, Pam Osterloh and husband, David, Elk City; two brothers, Kevin Merz and wife, Lana, Canute, and Casey Merz and wife, Lisa, Canute; two nephews, Nathan Merz and Kyle Merz; one niece, Kara Taylor and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Prayer vigil services were held on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Whinery-Savage Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, August 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Matthew Catholic Church officiated by Father Chinnaiah Pudota. Burial was at Holy Family under the direction of Whinery- Savage Funeral Service. Condolences can be made online at