Kenneth Arvin Mertens, 92, October 10, 1922 – September 14, 2015
Kenneth Arvin Mertens went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, September 14, 2015 at his residence in Pittsburg, Texas. He was the son of Martin and Linda Mertens, born in Springfield, Ill.. After serving in WWII in the Marines in the Pacific Theater, he returned to Texas and began working for Mobil as a roughneck. While working in the oil fields he met and married Billie Jean Smith on December 31, 1950 and they remained on their honeymoon until her death in 2012.
After 34 years of working at Lone Star Steel, he retired to a bit of farming and just enjoying his golden years.
He is loved and will be missed by his daughters, Debby Mertens of Pittsburg and Ginger Lane of Greenville, Texas, grandson, Jesse Lane and wife Heather of Sweetwater, Texas and great-grandchildren, Cameron, Sierra and Max, his brother in law, Jimmy Smith and wife Pat of Pittsburg and sister in law, Helen Cook of Shreveport, Louisiana and brother in law T.C. Smith and wife Patsy of Rockwall, Texas, Nephews, Chris Smith and wife Christina and Great Nephew Ayden, Tommy Smith and wife April and Great Niece Cheyanne and Great Nephew Dylan. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Norman, Lamar, Harrison and Donald.
He was a hard working man who loved to say, “Reach and get it! That’s how I got my start!” He loved playing tricks on his daughters. His wife had to be careful to say that she liked something, as the item was likely to show up belonging to her in just a few days. Kenneth and Jean married after only knowing each other six weeks and at the beginning of their lifelong honeymoon, he went to work and Jean went back to her parent’s house. When Debby was a baby, Kenneth worked nights and Debby had a rocking chair that played a tune. Instead of being irritated by it, he got up one day, walked in the room, picked her up out of the chair, removed the ‘noise’ maker, returned her to the chair, and went back to bed. All without saying a word.
He enjoyed watching the Rangers and the Cowboys from his recliner, and liked to watch college football and softball because they played for the love of the game and put heart into it. He liked growing onions and squash that people wanted to eat because they tasted as good as they looked. He also liked being known as the “Onion Man” around Pittsburg.
The only thing Kenneth enjoyed more than living life was loving his wife, Jean.
Graveside services will be held Thursday 17th at Crossroads Baptist Church in Pittsburg.
Ingram Funeral Services