Ed and Betty Mergens discovered each other in New York while he was attending Villanova and she was working in the city. Shortly after their marriage, Ed entered the Marine Corps and was deployed to Korea. After his service, Ed embarked on his career putting his chemical engineering degree to work at Shell Oil. Ed and Betty Mergens were able to travel the world as Ed moved up within Shell. After 35 years with Shell, he retired and he and Betty discovered Wolf Creek and Pagosa Springs. They fell in love with the area and built two different homes here and still maintain one on Fawn Gulch. Their immediate and extended family are still avid skiers and have many lasting memories of being there.
Ed is survived by his wife, Betty; his three children, Michael, Stephen and Stacy; and five grandchildren, PJ, Matthew, Stephanie, Christina and Iris. He will be missed, but not forgotten. The tears we cry are for us the living; he is reaping his well-deserved rest and salvation with the Lord.
Funeral services will be held at St. John Paul II Catholic Church on South Pagosa Boulevard on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m.