Doc was born March 31, 1923 to Ross F. Mercer and Eliza Caulkins Mercer in Montpelier, Ohio. Doc married Phyllis Jean on October 14, 1949. Their union brought forth four children: Kathleen Mercer (Thomas) Reed of Toledo, Ohio; Donald Levere (Mary) Mercer of Wauseon, Ohio; and David Allen (Cherie) Mercer of Wauseon, Ohio. A son, Jimmy Lee, preceded his father in death.
Doc graduated in 1942 from Chesterfield School, a small country school in Fulton County, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp on October 16, 1942, serving for 3 years as an aircraft mechanic on the B-17. Doc worked for Toledo Edison for 36 years as a Gas Turbine Operator. Doc enjoyed his family and friends and brought his family hours of great love. He took joy in going to breakfast with his good friends. He delighted in playing his violin with the Sylvania Senior Center band. Doc was fond of gardening, woodworking, inventing, and working on many projects.
Doc is survived by his brother John (Sharon) Mercer of Bradenton, Florida. A highlight in Doc’s life was his grandchildren: Jennifer Creque (Keller) Blackburn of Athens, Ohio; Brad (Corinne) Mercer of Watertown, New York; Kira Mercer (Joseph) Church of Round Rock, Texas; and Kelly Mercer (Mike) Vogelsong of Toledo, Ohio. He found great joy in his great grandchildren: Keagan; Brendan; Avery; and Peyton Mercer of Watertown, New York. Ethan Church of Round Rock, Texas; and Breeleigh and Grayson Vogelsong of Toledo, Ohio. Doc was preceded in death by two siblings: Doreen Mercer Seadin and LeRoy Mercer, and two grandsons, Eric Shaneyfelt and Jarrod Creque. He was a member of Beulah United Methodist Church of Delta, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Beulah United Methodist Church in Doc’s memory. Arrangements are entrusted with Barnes Funeral Chapel in Delta. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.barnesfuneralchapel.com.
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