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Michael H. “Mike” Mertens III

Michael H. “Mike” Mertens III, age 59, of Shell Knob, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at his home.


Mike Mertens

He was born December 22, 1960 in De Moines, Iowa the son of Michael H. Mertens II and Carol (MacLean) Mertens. On August 30, 2002 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas he was united in marriage to Vickie Brungardt, who survives. Also surviving are his father of Ozark, Missouri; his two sons, Michael Mertens IV and his wife Karynda and Miles Mertens; his daughter, Chandice Horine-Mertens and her husband John; two sisters, Jennifer Mattei and her husband Lou of Ohio and Laura Mertens-Price and her husband Dean of Springfield, Missouri; Vickie’s children that he viewed as his own, Heather Hoyer and her husband Jeremy, Jake Atkinson and his wife Kathy, David Clark and his wife Serena; seventeen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Preceding him in death were his mother and his brother, Owen Mertens.


Mike graduated from Ozark High School and then attended Crowder College and Southwest Missouri State receiving his degree in business and culinary arts. After college, Mike worked in Springfield at various restaurants including Hemingway’s at Bass Pro and then moved on to Big Cedar Lodge in Branson. In 1993, he moved to Shell Knob and worked as chef at The Docks at Campbell Point, Star Lodge, and was former owner and chef at Tucker’s Inn and Icy Maes at Timberoc Village. For the last couple years, he was a chef at Dogwood Canyon.


Mike was very hardworking, an excellent chef, and he showed his love through his cooking. He provided meals for many different events over the years including weddings, the Chamber of Commerce, Shriners, among others. He was charitable to many organizations and people. In addition to cooking, he loved to fish, play golf, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family. In his later life he discovered his love of doing landscaping in his spare time. Mike was a laid back and generous man with a “quirky” sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


A virtual memorial via Facebook will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob.


Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolencesv

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