Michael H. “Mike” Mertens III

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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

He was born Dec. 22, 1960, in De Moines, Iowa, the son of Michael H. Mertens II and Carol (MacLean) Mertens. On Aug. 30, 2002, in Eureka Springs, Ark., he was united in marriage to Vickie Brungardt, who survives. Also surviving are his father of Ozark; 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; 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; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

He graduated from Ozark High School and then attended Crowder College and Southwest Missouri State receiving his degree in business and culinary arts. After college, he worked in Springfield at various restaurants including Hemingway’s at Bass Pro and then 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.

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

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Shell Knob, Missouri