Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home obituary – Francis Mertens, 85, formerly of Fort Madison

Francis Mertens, 85 years, of Sacramento, California, and formerly of Fort Madison, died Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Francis Mertens, 85 years, of Sacramento, California died Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in California as a result of a pedestrian accident.  He was born June 12, 1936 in Fort Madison, Iowa, a son of Christian Francis and Mary Margaret (Neuweg) Mertens.  

Francis owned and operated Belvedere Auto Repairs for more than 50 years.  He was a fun loving guy who loved to laugh.  He enjoyed going to the coffee shop and made friends quickly especially with children.

He is survived by five siblings: Harriet Coster of Sacramento, California; Alfred “Ike” Mertens of New London, Iowa; Paul Mertens of Fort Madison, Iowa; John Mertens of Houghton, Iowa; and Jeanne (Gary) Kos of Washington, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dan Mertens.

His family will greet friends from 9:30 – 10:30 am Friday, July 30, 2021 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Houghton, Iowa.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow and begin at 10:30 am Friday at the church with Reverend Dan Dorau as Celebrant.  Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Houghton, Iowa.    

Memorials maybe left at the church during the Mass or be mailed to Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home, 412 Ave C, P.O. Box 247, West Point, Iowa 52656.  Sign an online guest book and send a message to the Mertens family at www.barrholtkampfuneralhome.com.  Barr-Holtkamp Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mertens family.  

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