Former Gladstone ambulance officer dies aged 100
FORMER Gladstone ambulance officer Les Merker has passed away at the age of 100.
Mr Merker served as an ambulance officer for 48 years, alongside his brother Ron Merker.
He began his career at Dayboro in 1937 and later worked at Gladstone, Boonah, Childers and the service's Brisbane headquarters before retiring.
The Queensland Ambulance Service said Mr Merker had been a humble Queenslander and tireless servant of the community.
On his 100th birthday earlier this year, Mr Merker was able to get behind the wheel of a historic ambulance vehicle, similar to some of those he and his colleagues had used in years gone by.
Assistant commissioner Gavin Trembath and heritage and history manager Mick Davis presented Mr Merker with a plaque on that day.
Mr Merker was living in respite care on the Sunshine Coast.
His funeral will be held on Monday, August 24 at 11am at Lakeside Chapel in Albany Creek.
QAS says all are welcome "to celebrate the extraordinary life of this extraordinary man".