Brian S. Merkle, L.F.D.; Manager of North Monroe, President of Merkle Funeral Service, Inc.
Office Phone: (734) 384-5185
Brian S. Merkle is a lifelong Monroe County resident. The son of Larry W. and Marilyn S. (Voss) Merkle he is the oldest of two boys. He married the former Tammy (Haynes) on June 22, 2001 and together they have three children, Olivia, Merin, and Ethan and two dogs, Lola a Certified Therapy Dog and Layla.
Brian is a 1996 Monroe High School graduate, and a 1999 Monroe County Community College graduate. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in Mortuary Science in 2000 whiles serving his practicum at the Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian.
Brian completed Funeral Service Apprenticeship with the Bennett Funeral Homes in Monroe and Erie, and the David C. Brown Funeral Home in Belleville, Michigan. For four years Brian served the residents of Monroe as a Licensed Funeral Director at the Bennett Funeral Homes. He also managed the Erie Facility for three years. For more than two years Brian worked as a Licensed Funeral Director with Ochalek-Stark Funeral Service, Milan and Stark Funeral Service, Ypsilanti.
On July 17, 2007, the Merkle family opened Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe to better serve the Monroe Community. In 2011, Brian obtained his State of Ohio Embalmers and Funeral Director's dual licenses.
Brian currently serves his community as an Emergency Medical Technician for Monroe Community Ambulance where has been employed since June of 2006. He also is a state certified member of the Monroe County Critical Incident Stress Management Team. For more than fifteen years, Brian has been a member of the Monroe Exchange Club. He is a past President, past blood drive chair, and is active with the GoodFellows Paper Sale.
Brian is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he is a past Chair Person of the Day School Commission, Elder, Principals Advisory Committee, and as the Vice-President of Education on Church Council. He currently serves as an usher and on the Endowment Fund Committee, and on the Church Board of Directors.
A state certified firefighter and an Ice Rescue Technician, Brian served from 1997 until 2010 with the Monroe Charter Township Fire Department. He was the past chairperson of the 9-11, Memorial Tower Climb Committee, was appointed as a Trustee and chaired the Board of Review for Monroe Township. He was chosen as the Firefighter of the Year in 2004 by the Monroe Kiwanis Club.
Brian is a former member and Vice-President of the Dundee Business Dynamics and of the Business Network International Chapter I, Monroe.
In 2014, Brian was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious 20 under 40 Award. This Leadership Recognition Program showcases young, dynamic leaders in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who are under the age of 40. The program recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community.
In April of 2018, Brian was chosen as the Alumnus of the Year for Monroe County Community College. He also serves with the Monroe Aging Consortium as the Vice-President.
In his free time Brian enjoys spending time with his family, running, weight lifting, and playing soccer.
Matthew R. Oddo, L.F.D.; Manager of South Monroe; Secretary/Treasurer of Merkle Funeral Service, Inc.
Office Phone: (734) 241-7070
Matthew joined the team at Merkle Funeral Service in March of 2013 as a funeral director's apprentice. He achieved his State of Michigan Mortuary Science License in November of 2013.
He graduated with the spring class of 2012 from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science earning a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. He had previously obtained an Associate of Graphic Arts Degree in the fall of 2005 from Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio.
Matthew is the oldest of five children born of James and Annette Oddo of Fremont, Ohio. He is a 2003 graduate of St. Joseph Central Catholic High School.
Matthew married the love of his life, Melissa Ickes at St. Joseph Church in Erie on September 16, 2017. Together, they make their home in Bedford Township with their two children: Christopher and Aubrey.
Matthew takes great pride in being a funeral director and truly appreciates the responsibility of assisting families that have lost a loved one. He finds it very rewarding to serve others in their time of need.
In 2015, Matthew was promoted to the Erie Manager position, and in 2017 obtained his State of Ohio Funeral Directors and Embalmers dual license. In 2018, he became the Manager of Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe.
In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor sports of all kinds, boating, camping, and quality time with family and friends.
Janice L. Redden L.F.D., Manager of Erie
Advanced Funeral Planner
Office Phone: (734) 848-5185
Janice joined the Merkle Funeral Service Team in July of 2012 as a Funeral Directors Apprentice. She graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University in August of 2012 achieving her Bachelor Degree in Mortuary Science. She became a Licensed Funeral Director in the State of Michigan in March of 2013 and then obtained her Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors of Ohio dual license on March 17, 2015 to better serve families.
In 2018, Janice obtained her limited life insurance license through the State of Michigan. She serves Merkle Funeral Service by assisting families with their advanced planning needs. Janice loves to educate our clients with one on one appointments or group seminars to discuss options and the value of advanced planning.
Janice also takes great pride in overseeing the Memorial Division of Merkle Custom Memorials. She appreciates the opportunity to help families design permanent memorials for their loved ones.
Janice had previously spent more than twenty years in the dental profession, graduating from the University of Michigan in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene. She was employed for Dr. Robert Farber of Dearborn for thirteen years, and had previously worked as a Dental Assistant at Concord Dental for seven years.
Janice grew up in the Westland area, where she met her husband of more than twenty years, Jeff Redden. The couple and their two children Elliah and Gavin moved to Monroe County in 2006. Jeff is employed as a Supervisor by Jacobs Technology at Ford Motor Company.
In her free time Janice enjoys spending time with her family and completing home improvement projects. She loves outdoor activities including bike riding and spending time at the beach.
Amber Miles, L.F.D., Manager of Dundee
Office Phone: (734) 529-3156
The youngest of four children born to Gary and Renee Miles of Belleville, Michigan, Amber, was raised in the small town of New Boston and graduated from Huron High School with the Class of 2006. Fresh out of high school, Amber took employment with Michigan Memorial Funeral Home as a Receptionist, while she attended Wayne County Community College earning an Associate of Science Degree.
At Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, she worked in many capacities learning all facets of funeral service. She soon grew to love her work finding that she had a passion for serving others and chose to further her education at Wayne State University attending Mortuary School and graduated in 2012. Through her steady progression in education and knowledge in funeral service she would earn the title of Director of Funeral Operations at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.
Looking for new opportunities, Amber left her position at MMFH in August of 2017. On August 21, 2017 she joined the Merkle Funeral Service Team as a Licensed Funeral Director and Manager of the South Monroe location. In November of 2018, she assumed the management position of the new Merkle Funeral Service, Dundee location.
Amber loves staying active. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and Fiance, Nick, taking many trips Up North to the cottage, fishing, playing softball on a co-ed league, and spoiling her Boxer, Brennan.
Amber loves being a funeral director. She is very compassionate and takes care of every family as if they were her own. Although, being there for someone during the most difficult time in their life can be challenging, she is grateful for the opportunity and finds her work extremely gratifying.
Gerard "Gerry" Philips, L.F.D.
Office Phone: (734) 384-5185
Gerard “Gerry” Phillips and his wife Karen reside in Grosse Pointe Park and together they have two daughters, Lindsey and Margaret. Gerry is somewhat new to funeral service. His original education and experience focused on accounting, finance, and computer science. He has worked at the Detroit Athletic Club (D.A.C.) as their IT Director since 2004.
In early 2012, after two losses in his family in less than two months’ time, including his twin brother, Gerry began questioning how he could best help others who find themselves in similar circumstances. After helping the funeral home staff with computer problems for a year, he decided to go back to school to obtain his mortuary science license. In 2015, Gerry joined Merkle Funeral Service as a student trainee. He completed his practical experience at a funeral home closer to his home, and graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in April of 2017. Gerry returned to Merkle in July 2017 after receiving his license.
Because of his job at the D.A.C., Gerry works weekends and some nights for Merkle. He loves being a funeral director and being there to assist families in every possible way, just as those who helped him several years ago. His goal is to transition to full-time funeral service in the next few years.
In his spare time, Gerry enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as his dachshund, Marlie.
Michael L. Merkle, L.F.D.
Office Phone: (734) 384-5185
Michael L. Merkle is a lifelong Monroe resident. He attended Monroe High School and graduated with the Class of 2000. He graduated from Monroe County Community College in May of 2007 and then attended Wayne State University obtaining his Bachelor Degree from Wayne State University graduating in August of 2008.
Michael served his Practicum and then later his apprenticeship at the Voran Funeral Homes in Wayne County. He then spent one and a half years with the Uht Funeral Home of Westland as a Licensed Funeral Director.
Michael married the former Penny Doherty on October 20, 2007. They are the proud parents of William Joseph and make their home with, Zeus, a miniature Siberian Husky.
He formerly was a member of the Monroe Charter Township Fire Department as a state certified firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician from July of 2000 through October of 2016. He served in several capacities with the department including Treasurer and President of the Firefighters Association. Michael also chaired the committee for the Monroe County Emergency Invitational Bowling Tournament for several years.
To further his passion of community service, Michael attended the Oakland University Police Academy. He currently uses his skills to serve the City of Monroe as a Public Safety Officer.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys outdoor activities, lifting weights, and he is also an avid soccer player.