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Harold LaVaughn Merkle1

b. March 1934

Father Harold Merkle1
Mother Mildred S Giessler1 b. circa 1911
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Family Janet M. Unknown b. November 1935
Children  1. Angela Merkle
  2. Jeffrey Merkle
  3. Kevin L. Merkle b. Jul 1961
  4. Janelle L. Merkle b. Dec 1970

News/Obit*   Meet Harold L. Merkle
Van Wert County Treasurer

The Honorable Harold L. Merkle, has been Van Wert County Treasurer since taking office September 1, 1993. Merkle was first elected in 1992 and assumed office Sept 1, 1993 when previous Treasurer Lloyd Basil resigned.

Prior to his election, Merkle operated Merkle Insurance for 17 years. He had also worked for The Dayton Power & Light Co. and The Ohio State University. He is a Graduate of The Ohio State University with a Degree in Agricultural Engineering.

He has served two years in the U. S. Army.

Professionally Merkle is a member of The County Treasurers Association of Ohio, serving on the Continuing Education Committee and the Legislative Committee. He is Past President of the Northwest Ohio Treasurers Association.

Merkle has been active in Community Affairs, having served on The Tri-County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, The Crestview Board of Education, and was active on Tri-State Venture Group Board, and The Van Wert County Cultural Exchange Committee.

Harold has been Republican Central Committeeman from Harrison Township for nearly 20 years. A member of the Convoy Lions Club, he was Governor of District 13A Lions International in 1993-94. Presently he is a trustee and Vice President of The Ohio Lions Foundation.

Merkle and his wife Janet of 44 years have four children Angela, Kevin, Jeffrey and Janelle along with 13 Grandchildren.

Merkle is native of Van Wert County, having graduated from Wren High School in 1952.

Merkle has initiated a number of changes during his two terms in the office.

Pre-Pay plans have proven to be very popular and many taxpayers prefer to have their monthly payments taken direct from their accounts, while others prefer to pay in cash or by check.

Delinquent Taxpayers have also had the opportunity to make monthly payments to get current on their taxes.

Merkle also makes monthly reports to the Commissioners as to the status of all investments.

Since Merkle took office in 1993 the Investments have earned over $3.4 million in interest. This is new revenue that can be used for county expenses without having to levy additional taxes.

The LOG HOUSE was a gift from Harold and Janet Merkle in 1997. It was originally built in Harrison Township during the 1860s and bought by William and Walter Merkle in 1925. Harold Merkle grew up in this house. It is an unusual design--the corner posts are vertical and the logs are dovetailed into the corner logs. The restoration project, funded by a group of individuals and businesses who appreciated the value of such an addition to the museum, was completed in the Fall of 1998. The first floor has an old black Germania stove, an old cupboard, a mammy’s bench, as well as other furnishings. The upstairs has three wonderful old rope beds with quilts, a cradle, and a loom.
Marriage*   Principal=Janet M. Unknown2 
Birth* March 1934  Van Wert Co., OH2 
Education* 1952  Wren High School, Wren, Van Wert Co., OH, Graduated 

Last Edited 25 May 2009

  1. [S693] Times Bulletin, Van Wert, OH, online
  2. [S436] Zaba Search, online

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