Merl J. Waltz, 70, Chambersburg, Pa., died 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at his home with his family at his bedside.
He was born May 3, 1939, in Trout Run, Pa., son of the late Charles D. and Marjorie Menne Waltz.
He was a district forester with the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources in Mc- Connellsburg, Pa., retiring in 2002 after 41 years of service.
He was a 1961 graduate of Penn State University. A member of the Cashtown Lions Club, the Izaak Walton League of Chambersburg; and the John F. Laedlein Lodge # 707 F & AM., Williamsport, Pa. Merl was also a member of the Greenstone Apostolic Church.
Surviving is his wife, Mary A. Harbaugh Waltz , whom he married on September 16, 1961; three daughters: Judy Waltz of Taneytown, Md.; Donna Pedersen of Carlisle, Pa.; and Debra, wife of Bruce Kocher of East Berlin, Pa.; seven grandchildren: Zachary and Andrea Carney, Erica and Taylor Kocher and Katie, Christopher and Alexander Pedersen; one sister, Mary Faithe Hartman of Williamsport, Pa.; and five brothers: R. Donald Waltz of Williamsport, Pa., C. Thomas Waltz and Glen Waltz, both of Trout Run, Pa.; Michael Waltz and Steven Waltz, both of Chicago, Ill.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 22, 2009, in the chapel of the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg, Pa. Pastor Eugene M. Cline officiated. Burial was in the Trout Run Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lutheran Home Care and Hospice 2700 Luther Dr., Chambersburg, PA 17202. Condolences may be expressed at geiselfuneralhome.com.