Harvey H. Merklinger, age 80 of Lowell, passed away peacefully Friday, April 15, 2016. Harvey joins his parents Harvey and Lena Merklinger; he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Ida Maxim and Sharon Watters. He is survived by his brothers, Orville (Barb) Merklinger, Richard (Pat) Merklinger, Art (Sandy) Merklinger, Carl Merklinger; sister, Carol Miller; children Charmaine (Glenn) Beimers, Lorraine (Jeff) Bailey, Belinda (Don) Case, Kevin (Dee) Merklinger, Mylena (Dave) Roe; their mother Carol Merklinger; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and friend, Mary Mulvaney. Harvey loved sports, animals and playing cards. He was a long time member of Lowell Moose Lodge. The family would like to thank Lacey’s Too Assisted Living and Ionia Area Hospice for their care and compassion. Visitation will be Monday 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell. Funeral service will be held Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, 8935 Thompson Rd, Lake Odessa, MI 48849 or Ionia Area Hospice, 601 E Washington St, Ionia, MI 48846.