BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Howard T. Mercer, 77, formerly of Bertrand, Mo., died April 6, 2006, at the home of his daughter.
Born Oct. 31, 1928, in Cairo, Ill., to the late Lawrence and Dorothy Sligar Mercer, he served in the Army Air Corps from Feb. 26, 1946, until May 3, 1950. He served with the United States Army from July 28, 1950, to Aug. 2, 1953, and later served with the United States Air Force from Jan. 7, 1954, to July 31, 1967. He was employed at the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center as a nurse's aide for 20 years, retiring on Oct. 31, 1988. A veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, he received the World War II Victory Medal, the Korean Service Medal, with one silver star and two arrowheads, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, the UN Service Medal, the U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal, the U.S. Air Force Good Conduct Medal with Four Bronze Loops, the Bronze Star, the Air Force Longevity Service Award, with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantry Badges and the Air Force Commendation Ribbon Medal with Two Bronze Loops. Following his retirement, he lived in Black River Falls until 1994, when he moved to Pana, Ill. In 1999 he moved to Bertrand and joined the First General Baptist Church in Charleston. He returned to Black River Falls in October 2005.
On Nov. 3, 1952, in Alton, Ill., he married Carol J. Helbling who preceded him in death. On Aug. 16, 1976, in Camp Douglas, Wis., he married Diane Chase who survives of Tomah.
Other survivors include: four daughters and three sons-in-law, Sandy and Phil West-Holmes of Raleigh, N.C., Cindy and Loren Foster and Tara Mercer, all of Black River Falls and Lisa and Gene Gerke of La Crosse, Wis.; one stepdaughter, Debbie Chase of Black River Falls; two brothers, Franklin E. Mercer of Pana and Lawrence W. Mercer of Sacramento, Calif.; one sister, Delores Hager of Oakland, Ill.; seven grandchildren and four great-
He was preceded in death by: six brothers, James, Louis, Kenneth, William, Benjamin and Marion; three sisters, Mary Ellen, Carolyn and Marilyn; and one infant grandson.
Visitation is from 9 a.m. until time of memorial services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston. The Rev. Bill Meeks, pastor of the First General Baptist Church of Charleston, will officiate.
Burial with military graveside rites provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.