Date of Birth: April 27, 1954
Date of Death: December 21, 2019
Thomas (Tom) Allyn Merkling passed away December 21, 2019 in Phoenix with his wife by his side. He fought a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 27, 1954 to Lester and Evelyn Merkling in Sherrill, New York. He moved to Arizona in 1977 and raised his son and daughter. He was a loving grandfather who will be missed. Tom loved to watch sports, especially the NY Giants, NY Yankees, and ASU. He loved RV traveling and camping with his wife. It was his dream to retire and travel with his wife in the RV. He was a social butterfly and had many friends. Tom is preceded in death by his parents; his brother William Merkling; and his adored son Justin Merkling. He is survived by his wife Debra of Phoenix; his daughter Brooke Ventola of Denver; son-in-law Tony Ventola; his grandson Andrew Minnihan; his grandson Landon; and his brother Ron Merkling of Myrtle Beach. He also leaves behind a nephew Clifford Merkling of Syracuse; sister-in law Lorraine Merkling of Syracuse; and sister-in-law Geri Merkling of Myrtle Beach.
Family, friends, and others whose life Tom touched are invited to a Memorial Service at Best Funeral Services, 501 E. Dunlap Ave, on Saturday, December 28, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to celebrate his life.