Karl George Schmertzler, 83, of Hickory, N.C., passed away surrounded by his family.
He was a proud Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a lifelong member of American Legion in Elkins.
He loved and respected both men and women in uniform, the protectors of our country. He was one of the original founders of the Elkins Pilot Club.
Mr. Schmertzler was born April 28, 1930, in Elkins. He was the youngest of four sons born to Aaron and Violet Rosalyn Schmertzler.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Hartsfield
He was the beloved father of Karl Schmertizler and wife, Karen, Will Schmertzler and wife, Judy, Diana Jones and husband, Chuck, and Ronnie von Drehle and husband, Raymond. Other survivors include grandchildren, Brad Schmertzler, Julia Schmertzler, Jonathan Schmertzler and wife, Erin, Alicia Schmertzler, Kathryn Jones, Amanda Jones, Morgan Cameron and husband, Spencer, Brett von Drehle and wife, Kim, and Travis von Drehle; and great-grandchildren, Kyler Williams, Emma Erikson and Liam von Drehle.
He lived a wonderful life, loved his family, the ones we married and most of all, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every life he touched was more joyful knowing him.
Services will be a private family service in Top Sail, N.C. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Catawba County, 3224 20th Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601 or Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.
Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family. You may view the obituary online at www.mackiefh.com.