Thomas A. Merkel

December 29, 1952 ~ August 9, 2019 (age 66)

Thomas A. Merkel

of Harrison Township, PA


Thomas A. Merkel, 66, of Harrison Township, PA, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.  Tom was born on December 29, 1952 in Pittsburgh, PA to Regina M. Miller Merkel of Natrona Heights and the late Paul William Merkel, Sr.  Tom attended grade school at St. Joseph and graduated from Highlands High School class of 1970 and from Penn State University class of 1975 where he was a member of the Phi Cappa Sigma fraternity.  He left the USA in 1982 for a life adventure to Saudi Arabia where he has been for 36 years, the last 18 years as the managing director for Massaq Support Services Co. of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Tom founded the Riyadh Youth Sports Association and was part of that organization for 15 years.  He had 20+ years on the Board of Directors for the American International School in Riyadh, he was vice chair for 10 years on the board of directors of the American Business Group in Riyadh, chairman for 12 years of the ABGR golf committee and a 4 year member of the British Golf Society.  Tom is survived by his wife of 41 years: Barbara A. McDade Merkel; his children: Katlyn Merkel of New York City, NY, Thomas A. Merkel, II of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Elyse Merkel of Pennsauken, NJ; a grandson: Francis Thomas O’Shaughnessy and his siblings: Paul Merkel, Jr. of Washington, WV, Janine (Lawrence) Fanelli of Titusville, PA, Stephen Merkel of Natrona Heights, PA and Christine (Joseph) Pekny of West Lafayette, IN. He was preceded in death by his father.

Family and friends are invited from 2-5 and 7-9 PM on Monday, August 12, 2019 to the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 (724-224-7730), where parting prayer services will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 800 Montana Avenue, Natrona Heights, PA  15065.   Burial will be private. For more information please visit

Memorial contributions can be made to: Penn State Dance Marathon at in memory of Tom

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