Celebrating the life of Robert "Mike" Mercer
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Mike was born on May 12, 1947, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Bonnie Gene O’Toole-Ira, who preceded him in death.
Mike was the oldest of four children. He was preceded in death by his brother Joe Ira and sister Vickie Ira. He is survived by his sister- Jeanine (Steve) Dickherber.
Mike married Melba (Denniston) Mercer, the love of his life on January 11, 1964. They have been soul mates for 56 years of marriage.
Mike and Melba have three children Kevin (Sherry) Mercer, Shelly (Sean) Guillaume and Shawn Mercer, all of Paxton.
He is also survived by ten grandchildren Lacey (Kyle) Smith, Gauge (Macey) Snider, Sierra Guillaume, Melissa (Wes) Atkins, Stephanie Hoover, Reese Snider, Dustin Mercer, Kylie Mercer, Victoria Guillaume and Beau Snider; and ten great-grandchildren- Isabella Smith, Grayson Smith, Rhett Snider, Smyth Snider, Dylan Atkins, Connor Atkins, Zachary Atkins, Carley Fauser, Caleb Fauser and Chase Swanson.
Mike was a very hard worker over the years. He had been employed by numerous businesses in the Paxton area, some of which include electronics, The Broom Factory, Popels Fertilizer, the Paxton block plant, City of Paxton, Napa of Paxton, Plastic Designs of Paxton and Elson’s Sanitary Services.
Mike’s favorite pastime was spending time with Melba. Mike enjoyed family and friends gathered together, playing guitar for countless get togethers. Family and friends will forever cherish the sound of his voice in song and the soothing strumming of his guitar. Mike loved gardening, fishing with the grandchildren, throwing horseshoes, baking fabulous dishes, sharing stories and his famous jokes.
A Celebration of Life Service for Mike’s honor will be held at 12:00 p.m. on February 29, 2020 at the Rantoul VFW. Memorials can be made through Farmers Merchant Bank of Paxton, payable to Melba Mercer. Cremation rites have been accorded by Illiana Cremation Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.IllianaCremation.com.
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