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MERKLER, Jack Born March 26, 1931 in Stanisic, Yugoslavia, a German populated town. A 22 year resident of Palmdale passed away on Oct. 24, 2013. He survived being in a concentration camp during World War II. Jack completed tailoring school in Marburg, Germany. He then immigrated to the United States in 1949. Jack served in the United States Army from 1951-1953, becoming a United States citizen in June 1954. He made his career in the tailoring business, working for over 60 years. Many of his clients included movie industry actors. Jack met his bride, Nancy Kester, in 1951 in Chicago, Ill. They were married July, 1955 in Crown Point, Ind. Shortly thereafter Jack and Nancy moved to Calif. where they made their home. Jack enjoyed spending time with his family, relaxing in Las Vegas, playing the ponies, and was a well known as a dancer extraordinaire. Jack is preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Lee Mlinarich (1999), Jack is survived by his wife Nancy; daughter Deborah Coker of Winter Haven, Fla.; son Mark Merkler (Samantha) of Lancaster, Calif; grandchildren: Christopher Mlinarich (Amanda), Danielle Potts (Darrell), Stephen Mlinarich (Meghan), Melissa Gruber (Adam), Brittany Parjs, Christian Chappell and Cameron Coker; great grandchildren: Ally Potts, Ryley Potts, Sydney Mlinarich, Whithey Mlinarich, and Jack Mlinarich; as well as many other relative throughout the United States and Germany. Services will be held privately for the family.

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