Edward Ben Merka

Edward Ben Merka was born in Taylor, July 22, 1941, as the first-born child of Ben and Mary (Suchomel) Merka.

He was married to Clara Agnes Schaefer Nov. 7, 1964, whom he cherished even past her departure from this world Aug. 8, 2005. Lucky enough to find love a second time in one life, he married Katherine Rowald on May 25, 2013.

Ed loved his connection to the Czech community in central Texas, gardening and ranching on his Paige Ponderosa, dancing to Czech music and his family. He was a member of Taylor Czech Chorus and St. Mary’s Church folk choir.

To honor his memory, Ed leaves behind his wife, Katherine Merka; his beloved children, son, Edward B. Merka Jr.; son, David Merka and Michelle; daughter, Carolyn Traynor and James; sisters, Mary Rose Stelly and Annie Colley; grandchildren, Michael Benjamin Proler, Christopher Daniel Merka, Emily Beth Merka, Ashley Michelle Merka and James (J.T.) Edward Traynor; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Private family services were held and a memorial service to celebrate Ed's life will be planned for a later date.

Please visit www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com where you can leave condolences and share memories with the family.

Arrangements by Cook-Walden/Capital Parks in Pflugerville, Texas.