November 12, 1936 - November 28, 2016
William Mercer, 80, of Creston, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 at LifeCare Hospice of Wooster after a brief illness.
Bill was born Nov. 12, 1936 in New Matamoras, OH to the late Lloyd William and Esther Laura (Culbertson) Mercer and served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956. On Dec. 12, 1958 he married the love of his life the former JoAnn Richardson at Jackson Presbyterian Church and she survives. In 1998 Bill retired from North Hill Glass having worked under Glaziers Local Union 1162 for many years where he was highly respected by his union brothers. He was a member of Creston Presbyterian Church where he cared for the lawn at the church, manse and at Jackson Cemetery and was an active volunteer at Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp. Bill never knew a stranger and could talk about anything to anyone who enjoyed helping out widows, widowers and shut-ins in the church and the community and always enjoyed his daily visits around the table at Wayside Market, Hartmans and Pike Station. He loved playing cards, sporting events, especially boxing and spending time with his children, grandchildren and his extended family. He will be greatly missed and remembered as one who lived life to care and to take care of others.
Surviving are his wife, JoAnn; daughters, Pam (Jeff) Hostetler of Creston, Amy Mercer of Creston and Melissa (Max) Smetiouk of Delaware, OH; grandchildren, Drew and Taylor Hostetler both of Charlotte, NC, Felicia Mercer of Creston and Kyle and Connor Smetiouk of Delaware; sisters, Eileen Martin of Wadsworth and Farra “Pepper” Davies of Orrville and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Evelyn Comin, Dollie Shelley, Chloe Conley and Mary Kollert and a brother Jack Mercer.
Services will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Creston Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mike VanArsdale officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com Memorial contributions may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
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Connie Fra mbes
Sorry for your family's loss.
May peace be with you all as "Uncle Bill" now rests in peace as well.
My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Love you all-Victoria Kollert
Words cannot express how sad my entire family is to hear of Bill's passing. He will truly be missed by so many friends and those of us who treasured and loved him.
Name: Wooster Wayne Chapter DAR
The Wooster Wayne Chapter of DAR would like to extend our deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your loved one. We are very grateful for William's service to our country. Patriots are what keep our nation free. May God Bless you and comfort your family at this difficult time.
Name: Larry & Donna Wood
With deepest sympathy. I got to know him while he worked on many of the remodeling projects at the Wadsworth High School were I taught. He always had a smile and a joking comment which helped make the day brighter. When I knew he would be in the building I had to look him up. God rest Bill.
Name: Teresa Laing
So sorry for the loss of this wonderful, loving man. Uncle Bill always knew how to make you laugh and could carry on a conversation with just about anyone. I think he was my Mom's favorite brother and now she can enjoy his company. I am praying for you Aunt JoAnn, Pam, Melissa, Amy and family. Love you all!
Name: Kelly Starling
I'm so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for the family at this difficult time!
Name: Sandy Miller
So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.
Name: michael&doris buck
We were so sorry to hear about Bill we liked him very much. If we can do anything let us know.
Name: michael&doris buck
Deceased Name: william mercer
Email message:: We were so sorry to hear about Bill we liked him very much. If we can do anything let us know.