Joe Merkle, 95 of Paso Robles slipped into unconsciousness May 27, 2019. Joe was born May 11, 1924, in Santa Barbara, Calif.
He attended Greenfield Grammar School and graduated from King City High School in 1942. After graduation, he joined the US Air Force. He had 51 missions over Southern Germany with the 9th Air Force, 34 Photo Reconnaissance Squadron.
After the war, he wanted to farm. He grew rice in Maxwell, Calif. and sugar beets in Greenfield.
Joe has eight children, James, Karen, Richard, Susan, Bobby, Kathryn, Jose and Sandra; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Gracie; a brother, Bill; sister, Juanita and six children.
There will be a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary Service Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Mission San Miguel, 775 Mission St., San Miguel, Calif. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2019, at Mission San Miguel. Burial with Military Honors will be held, 11 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019, in the Paso Robles District Cemetery, 45 Nacimiento Lake Dr., Paso Robles, Calif.
Arrangements were entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 429 Bassett St., King City, 831-385-5400, www.EFS-Cares.com.