Charles Dave Mercer, 71, of FortBranch, IN. passed away on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at his residence.
Charles Dave Mercer was born
at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, IL.,June 17, 1937 to the late C.C. and Katherine (Whitney) Mercer of
He was a 1954 graduate of VermontHigh
received his B.S. Degree with an agriculture major and biology minor from WesternIllinoisUniversity, Macomb, IL in 1959. He
served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1962 and was stationed at Fort Hauchuca, AZ.
Dave and the former Elizabeth
Ann Phipps were united in marriage in Fairview, IL, April 1967. She
survives along with their three children and their spouses: Ara
Beth (Theron) Nelson-Mercer, Kokomo,
IN, Julia Ann (Terry) Glover, Boswell, IN., and Daniel Dave (Jana) Mercer, Fort Branch, IN.They also have
seven grandchildren, Kerrick Gibbs, Benjamin, Jacob,
and Lydia Ann Nelson-Mercer, Griffin, Ruth Ann, and Owen Charles Mercer. He is also survived by 1 sister, Martha Jane
(Fred) Miller, and 1 brother, Whitney Mercer both of Vermont, IL, also several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dave was an active member of
the First Presbyterian Church, FortBranch and served on its board of trustees. He had farmed in
the Vermont area for many years. In 1974 he went to work for the
Amax Coal Co. Sunspot Mine as an electrician. When that mine closed he
transferred to the Wabash Underground Mine at Keensburg, IL, retiring from there in 1996. He has served since
1978 a director of the Vermont State Bank Board. Dave has been a member of the Fort Branch
Optimist Club since 1984, having served as president, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Services for Dave will be on Sunday Nov. 16,
2008, at at the First Presbyterian Church in FortBranch, with visitation from until , Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at the Stodghill Funeral
Home located on Hwy. 168 West in FortBranch.
Visitation will also be
conducted at the Vermont Christian Church from until Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 with services at that same day followed by burial in the VermontCemetery.