Troop 172 Loses a Brother, Son, Friend

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Matthew R. Mertes, 16, of Cogan Station, died Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at Williamsport Hospital. Born in Williamsport on January 1, 1985, he was a son of Charles J. I and Christine M. McQuillen Mertes.

He worked with his father in Charles J. Mertes Electrical and Mechanical Contractors. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. He was an officer and member of the Technical Students of America as well as the Future Farmers of America. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 172 and has been posthumously awarded Scouting’s highest honor, that of Eagle Scout. He was also a member of the Order of the Arrow and was a recipient of scouting’s Merit of Honor Award. He was a graduate of Loyalsock Valley Elementary School and McCall Middle School. He was a junior at Montoursville High School. He was also a member of D.A.R.E.

He is survived by his parents of Cogan Station; his fiance, Alicia Null of Montoursville; a daughter, Julia Rose Mertes of Montoursville; a brother, Charles J. Mertes II, at home; a sister, Elizabeth C. Mertes, at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mertes Jr. of Williamsport and maternal grandmother, Mrs. Maxine McQuillen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Julia Rose Mertes Scholarship Fund, c/o Elizabeth and Ann Mertes, 219 East Church St., Williamsport, PA 17701.