George James Merkel Jr., 82, of Mooresville, N.C., away peacefully at the S. Mitchell Mack Hospice House on June 9, 2024.

George was born August 22, 1941, in Queens, N.Y., to the late George James Merkel Sr. and Norma Tobin Merkel. George graduated from schools in Queens, N.Y., was married to the late Helen Marie Freferico Merkel, who passed away in December 2023. He was co-owner with his brother of Merkel Brothers Moving & Storage.

George is survived by a daughter, Tracy Leo (Anthony) of New York; two sons, George James Merkel III of Waxhaw, N.C., and Jeff Merkel (MeLanie) of Troutman, N.C.; one sister, Judy Scotko of New York; and seven grandchildren, Deandra Leo, Nicolette Leo, Chaz Leo, Jake Merkel, Paige Merkel, Brett Merkel and Ben Merkel.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of George can be made to S. Mitchell Mack Hospice House and online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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