Robert C. "Bud" Mercer
July 27, 2014
Robert C. "Bud" Mercer, age 94, of North Fort Myers, formerly of Newark, OH passed away early Sunday morning on July 27, 2014, in North Fort Myers, Florida. He was born September 10, 1919 in Springfield, OH to the late Fay and Olga (Olsen) Mercer. Buddy was well known in Newark, for his winning basketball shot at the buzzer for the Newark Wildcats, allowing them to win the 1938 State Basketball Tournament. Buddy had a great career in basketball, beginning with playing basketball on the "lightweight" and the varsity team at Roosevelt Junior High in the ninth grade for Coach Luther Hanshue. In 1938, Buddy was the Captain of the Newark High School basketball team as well as the leading team scorer. He was inducted into the Newark High School Hall of Fame in 1977. In high school, Buddy was an officer of the "N" Club; member of student council; class officer, and member of the Hi-Y Club. He entered Ohio University with a scholarship to play first team Freshman basketball and first team Freshman baseball. He was recruited to play baseball by the St. Louis Cardinals. In February, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as Private and left the Army as Major in January, 1946. He rejoined Owens-Corning Fiberglas with a very successful career, culminating in the position of Manager of the International Division Technical Services Dept. at the Granville Research Center. In 1978, he and his late wife, Ginny moved to North Fort Myers where they thrived in their retirement. He was so active as a Board Member and in other positions at his home in the community of Six Lakes that he was lovingly known as "Mr. Six Lakes'. He has accrued a number of accolades from his neighbors and friends. He was the Grand Marshall of the Six Lakes Senior Games in 2012 and was honored for his many decades of service to the Men's Golf Association by naming the Men's League Championship after him. Bud was also a member of the Newark Elk's Lodge #391 and St. John's United Church of Christ in Newark. Bud is survived by his son, Robert Michael "Mike" (Mary Jo) Mercer of OH; his granddaughters, Lori (William) Wolford of OH and Amber (Craig) Hrobak of TN; his great-grandchildren, Bill and Elizabeth Wolford and great-grandchildren CJ and Tyler Hrobak; his daughter, Diana Hill of NC; his granddaughter, Cara Hill (James) Riddel of OH; his grandsons, Brian Thomas Hill and Thaddeus Robert Hill, both of NC; great-grandsons, Christian Robert Hill and Thomas Skylar Hill. He is missed by his brother, Bill Mercer; as well as his nephews, Tim (Sandy) Mercer, Dave (Sandy) Mercer, Steve (Diane)Mercer and John Reid; his nieces, Julie (Bill) Critchfield; Cathy (Pasquale D'Aurelio) Durant; and great-nephew, Billy Critchfield all of OH . In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by and his wife, Virginia I. "Ginny" (Harris) in 2008; three brothers, Richard "Dick", Frank and Melvin Mercer; and two sisters, Marge Nicodemus and Dorothy Coup.
Calling hours will be observed on Monday, August 4, from 4-7 p.m. and services at 10 a.m.. on Tuesday, at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service. Burial will take place in Newark Memorial Gardens where the Licking County Veteran Alliance will provide military honors. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bud to the Six Lakes Memorial Garden Fund, 9151 Littleton Road, North Fort Myers, Florida 33903. www.hendersonvanatta.com
59 North 5th Street Newark, OH 43055
Published in The News-Press on Aug. 2, 2014