Merville M. ‘Mert’ Messick

By on May 29, 2013

90, founded Messick Farm Equip.

Merville M. "Mert" Messick, 90, of Lancaster, formerly of Elizabethtown, went home to be with the Lord Friday, May 24, 2013 at Brethren Village.

Born in Elizabethtown, he was the son of the late Jacob and Sarah (Long) Messick. He was the husband of the late Betty (Kaylor) Messick who died in 2010.

Mert was a member of Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. In 1953 he founded Messick Farm Equipment in Elizabethtown. He was a past president of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and the Pennsylvania Dealers Association and served on the Board of Trustees of Brethren Village, Lancaster. Mert enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, gardening and golf. From the time of retirement until age 90, he mowed all of the grass on the Messick Farm Equipment property. He also sang in the Brethren Village Chorus.

He is survived by two sons: Robert M., husband of Marie Messick and Kenneth L., husband of Marian Messick, both of Elizabethtown; six grandchildren: Scott (Christa) Messick, Bryan (Bonnie) Messick, Anita (Sean) Vanek, Neil (Kristin) Messick, Kevin (Janelle) Messick, and Lucas (Elizabeth) Messick; five great-grandchildren; siblings: Mahlon (Helen) Messick, Mildred Risser, Miriam Aldinger and Mylin (Doris) Messick.

He was preceded in death by siblings: Marie Myers, Marvin Messick, Miller Messick, Mattilee Dagen, Milferd Messick, Melvin Messick, Margaret Zell and Marlin Messick.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 South Mount Joy Street, Elizabethtown at 3 p.m. Viewing will be held on Wednesday evening also at the church from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be no viewing on Thursday, but the family will receive friends at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will be private.

If desired, contributions may be made to Brethren Village Benevolent Fund, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17606.

Arrangements entrusted to Miller-Sekely Funeral Home & Crematory, Elizabethtown. Visit

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