George was born in Troy, New York to George W. and Frances Merkle. He moved around a lot due to his father being in the Navy. Then settled in Minnesota, eventually moving to Twin Falls, Idaho. George really enjoyed going fishing with his sons and going to their sporting events. Proceeded in death by his parents George and Frances, brother Rick, and nephew John Patrick (J.P.) Haran. Servived by Gayla his wife, and his three sons Anthony & Karlee, Jesse & Chandra, and Andrew & Alyssa and four grandsons. Sisters Ann Haran, Barbara D'Angelo, brother Jim Merkle and several neices and nephews.