Kim Dennis Mertz, age 59, of rural Sleepy Eye, died on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center.

Kim Dennis Mertz, age 59, of rural Sleepy Eye, MN, died on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4-8 p.m. and will continue on Tuesday from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. A reception will be held in the church social room after services. Officiating will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Email condolences may be sent at Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 

Kim Dennis Mertz of rural Sleepy Eye was taken from his family and friends unexpectedly on April 25, 2013.  Kim was born on April 28, 1953 to Dennis and Rose Mary (Laux) Nelson of Godhal. Kim attended Sleepy Eye St. Mary's Catholic School, where he enjoyed playing sports, he graduated in 1971. After high school Kim attended college at St. Thomas and Worthington. After college Kim was united in marriage with Corinne Strong on November 25th, 1978 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Kim worked for MoorMan's and AUI, then later became an Insurance Agent with Farm Bureau. Kim enjoyed working for Farm Bureau, and meeting new people. A man full of life, inspiration to many, with a very genuine, gentle heart; Kim enjoyed everything about life. He spent most of his time outdoors, walking his dogs, doing chores, mowing lawn, chopping wood, hunting, fishing, camping, grilling and cooking. In his younger days, Kim played with the Whitey's Men's Softball team.  Kim was very passionate with coaching and sports, and wanted to share his knowledge with anyone he could. Kim coached football for over 30 years, he took great pride in ALL of his football players. Often times Kim could be found volunteering his time at local fish fries, umpiring softball/baseball games or watching local sports teams in action. Kim was the foundation of his family, he loved spending time with them and just being near them, especially his grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Always full of stories, laughter and a smile of his face, Kim devoted his time to helping family, friends and neighbors. 

Kim is survived by his wife, Corinne (Strong) Mertz; children Cal and Jocelyn Mertz (Helget) of Sleepy Eye, Kyle Mertz (Amanda Briggs) of Eyota, Cassey Mertz (Andrew Garness) of Sleepy Eye; brother Brad and Linda Mertz of West Salem Wisc.; sisters, Cheryll (Loren) Blick, Lori (Rick) Gilliland and Missy (Bob) Maas; grandchildren, Logan, McKenzie, Hunter, Breaunna, Madyson, Lucas, Tiffany, Amanda, Jordan, and Cheyenne; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceeded in death by parents, Dennis Nelson, Nicholas J. II and Rose Mary Mertz; brother, Nicholas J. Mertz III; and son Cole Dennis Mertz.