Anthony "Tony" Allan Merz

Anthony "Tony" Allan Merz
Anthony "Tony" Allan Merz

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Anthony "Tony" Allan Merz, who peacefully departed this life on April 6th, 2024, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.  He was 62 years old.

Tony was born on October 31st, 1961, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to Terry Laverne Merz and Janice Elaine Merz.  His adolescent years were spent in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he graduated from Central High School in 1980.  A gifted athlete, Tony distinguished himself as an All-Star football player, participating in the Wyoming Shrine Bowl in 1980 to support the Shriner hospital.  He cherished the memories of his upbringing in Cheyenne and held the people who shaped his life there in high regard.

In 1990, Tony embarked on a fulfilling career in education, relocating to Lawrence, Kansas.  For three decades, he dedicated himself to public service as an educator, finding joy and fulfillment in his work every day.  Tony's passion for teaching led him to impact countless lives as he served at Wakarusa Elementary, Prairie Park Elementary, and South Junior High School (later renamed Billy Mills Middle School).  His influence extended beyond the classroom, leaving an indelible mark on the Lawrence community.  He loved his time in Lawrence and all the incredible friends he made along the way.

Upon retiring, Tony settled in Concordia, Kansas, where he continued to radiate warmth and kindness.  He embraced the welcoming spirit of the town, forging connections with students and faculty at Cloud County Community College.  Even in retirement, Tony remained a beacon of positivity, leaving a lasting impression on everyone he encountered in the community.

Tony leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion.  He is survived by his beloved children, Caden (30) and Zoe Merz (27), whom he cherished dearly.  Tony was the absolute best dad in the whole world and always went above and beyond for his children.  He is also survived by his mother, Janice Merz, and his brothers, Todd and Thad Merz.

In the hearts of those who knew him, Tony's memory will forever endure as a testament to his unwavering compassion, dedication, and generosity.  He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of crossing paths with him.

Information regarding Tony's celebration of life where friends and family will gather to honor his memory and share stories of his remarkable journey will be available at a later date. May he rest in eternal peace.

In lieu of flowers, please send any cards to 1909 Broadway Concordia, KS 66901.  Please also consider donating to the link below to help with medical expenses and other arrangements.