Theodore Merten

Theodore Clarence "Butch" Merten

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Theodore Clarence Merten was born on March 25, 1936 to Peter and Melinda (nee Spaeth) Merten. On July 4, 1959 he married Marilyn Schulteis. He was a self-employed contractor of Merten Builders. His hobbies included lawn cutting, woodworking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, listening to Polka music and Danny O’Donnell.

Butch was a member of St. Peter's Slinger, Allenton Fohl-Martin American Legion Post 483, St. Mary's Holy Name Society, Town of Polk Supervisor. He served in the US Army at Fort Lewis, WA from 1955-1957.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Marilyn; 7 children Jane, Janet, Paul, Peter (Erica), Janine (Matt Erdman), Patrick (Abby), Jeanne (Larry Houk); 11 Grandchildren Darren, Derek, Lauren, Dylan (Taylor) Merten; Jack, Max, Maisie Erdman; Cameron, Kendal, Jordan, and Rylan Merten; sister Joan (Tom Wenninger); in-laws Theresa Merten, Fred Rate, Margaret Held, Alice Schulteis, Clara Mae Bayer, and Leila Schulteis. Further survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents Peter and Melinda (Spaeth) Merten and Albert and Clara (Hennes) Schulteis; brothers and sisters Robert Merten, Jim Merten, Bernice and Robert Blank, Marie Rate, Ted & Adela Schulteis, John & Burnette Achenreiner, Richard Held, Eleanor & Tom Mergener, Albert Schulteis, Gilbert Bayer, and Ralph Schulteis.

A Visitation for Butch will be held on Sunday, January 24th at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr West Bend) from 12:00pm until 3:00pm with a Rosary Service at 3:00pm

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 25th at 10:00am at St Peter Catholic Church (200 E Washington St Slinger) with Fr Richard Stoffel presiding. Interment will follow at St Mary Cemetery in Richfield.

Memorials to St. Peter's Catholic Church Slinger, Kathy Hospice, Washington County Historical Society, and Washington County Ag & Industrial Society are appreciated.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 24th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, January 24th, 2021 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
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    Rosary at 3:00pm
  • Rosary Service

    Sunday, January 24th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, January 24th, 2021 3:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, January 25th, 2021 |
    Monday, January 25th, 2021
    St Peter Catholic Church
    200 E Washington St
    Slinger, WI 53086
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    Father Richard Stoffel
  • Interment

    Monday, January 25th, 2021 |
    Monday, January 25th, 2021
    St. Mary Cemetery Richfield
    Address Not Available


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Carolyn Valancy

Posted at 05:29pm
Our deepest sympathies to the Merten Family during this difficult time.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Sending healing thoughts and hugs,

Steve & Carolyn (Catarozzoli) Valancy

Shirley Schuster

Posted at 08:52am
My deepest sympathy Marilyn to you and your family.

Joan Beck

Posted at 01:59pm
Sending deepest condolences to Marilyn and family

Children's Wisconsin Emergency Department

Posted at 07:55pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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Ruth Schneider

Posted at 07:45pm
My sympathy to you Mariyn and your whole family. We will never forget the work Butch put in with Hans to build our house in Richfield. Love to you my long term friend from the Superintendent of Schools office.
Ruth Schneider, Richfield.

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