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Jack L. Merten 1928 - 2019
Jack L. Merten	               1928 - 2019
Jack L. Merten 1928 - 2019

Jack L. Merten, 91, passed away Sept. 19, 2019, in Wichita. He was born June 6, 1928, at Great Bend to Ralph Albert and Audra Vivian (Larason) Merten. He married Wilda Whala, Feb. 23, 1957, at Oklahoma City, Okla. She survives. 

A lifetime Great Bend resident, Jack was a technician at the power plant for 46 years. He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church and in the United States Navy. He loved cars, airplanes and Nascar. Jack especially loved his family and playing with his dachshunds, Kooper and Gordie.  

Survivors include, his wife, Wilda of the home; one son, Michael Merten and wife Pamela of Great Bend; one daughter, Lahree Jenkins and husband Ken of Comanche, Okla.; five grandchildren, Bradley Jenkins, Jaclynn Jenkins, Ryan Jenkins, Cordell Merten, and Kyler Merten; and one nephew, Lew Erhart. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy (Merten) Erhart; and one niece, Monica.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Bryant Funeral Home, with family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at First Southern Baptist Church in Great Bend, with Pastor Tim Singleton presiding. Interment will be in the Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Southern Baptist Church, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS  67530

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 20, 2019