Mertz Family Legacy

25 Stories for 25 Years

Sunbury Motor Company has operated in the greater Sunbury community for over one hundred years. As the business continued to grow and succeed, the Mertz family developed deep, local roots and a care for their employees and the customers they serve. This dedication was clear in the life of Bob Mertz, who served as president of Sunbury Motors for over forty years.

Well known and respected, Bob Mertz had a heart for the people who called Sunbury home. Through his involvement on the then Sunbury Area Community Foundation board of directors, Bob realized the major impact the foundation was facilitating in the Sunbury community. Through his company's success, Bob created a charitable fund to support nonprofit organizations meeting needs in the Sunbury area.


After his passing in 2015, a second fund was established in the Mertz family name thanks to Bob's thoughtful planned estate gift. The Mertz Family Memorial Fund—now advised by his son, Tom—remembers the generous heart and legacy of Bob and honors his family's continued commitment to support the Sunbury community in perpetuity.

"Bob had a heart for the Foundation and the impact it was facilitating in the Sunbury community. Building the future and helping others can continue after your death—your legacy of giving back can live forever." (Cory Fasold, Mertz family friend)