Hilton - James K. Merkel passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the age of 79. He was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Helen Merkel. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Diane [Biehler] Merkel; his children, Ken (Tracy) Merkel, Jeff (Mary) Merkel and Kristine (John) McGrath; his brothers, Tom Merkel and Steve (Jill) Merkel; his sister, Carol (Dan) Strong; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Deloris (Neil) Belair and Kathy (Ron) Soule; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jim was a Financial Manager for Wegmans Corporation for many years. In his leisure, Jim enjoyed playing guitar and creating woodwork items, particularly making unique items out of palm fronds. He loved doing outdoor activities, especially biking and running.
Friends and family are invited to call on Wednesday, June 1st from 4 - 7 pm at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, 735 East Avenue in Hilton, where Jim's Memorial Service will take place at 7 pm.
Donations can be made in memory of Jim to UR Hospice, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580. (click on the charity name to link to the donation website)