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Richard Somers Mertig Jr.
Richard Somers Mertig Jr.

Richard Somers Mertig, Jr., 54, died peacefully at Regency Health Care Center, Yorktown on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

Born Oct. 12, 1961 in Norfolk and reared in Eclipse (Suffolk), he was the son of Viola Hite Nunn and the late Richard Somers Mertig, Sr.

He was baptized at and had been a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Suffolk and dubbed “The Little Colonel” at his christening because of his mother’s Kentucky heritage. During Richard ‘s childhood he was a member of the Nansemond Swim Club and Cub Scout Pack 43. Later in life Richard coached for his daughter’s T-Ball team at Bennent’s Creek Little League. He was an avid Redskins fan and enjoyed reading, Sudoku, doing cross words and spelunking.

Richard worked ship repair with Newport News Shipbuilding, Associated Naval Architects in Portsmouth VA, job shopping east and west coast and in Hawaii. He later worked with Plasser American Corp in Chesapeake, VA, maintaining and repairing railroad equipment.

Richard was preceded in death by: his father Richard S. Mertig, Sr., a brother Stephen Scott Mertig, his paternal grandparents, Somers and Sue Mertig, and his maternal grandparents, Minor and Mabel Hite.

He is survived by his loving family, including: his dedicated mother, Viola Hite Nunn; his late stepfather, William Vance Nunn; his daughters, Nancy and Kassidy Nicole Mertig; their mother, Kelly Grissom Rogersmother; and a step-son, Don Ealey of Smithfield; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service to honor Richard’s life will be at a later date in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Crittenden, VA.

Memorial donations can be made to Yorkminster Presbyterian Church 6218 George Washington Memorial HWY, Yorktown, VA 23692 or to a charity of your choice.