John Merkling, 67, died suddenly, 10th of February 2021 at home in Christiana, TN. A private family celebration of life will be held. John was born in Atlanta, GA to John and Nell. Preceded in death by his Mother and Father, His brother Jeffrey, his sister Jackie and his first wife. Survived by his wife, Denise, sisters Jill and Janet, brother Jimmy, his loving daughter Michelle (Adam), stepchildren Anthony (Annie), Paige (Aaron), Andrew (Hannah) and 4 grandchildren. A loving husband and father. A salesman and a natural handyman who gave his genuine touch to all areas of his work. He was a highly engaged volunteer with several dog rescue organizations, particularly ASAP Rescue. A soft heart for fostering, and nurturing sick and injured dogs to a healthy level for adoption. In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to your favorite animal rescue group.