Robert Lee Mercer
December 20, 1923 - November 9, 2020
Robert “Lee” Mercer, 96, of Jacksonville, FL went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2020. Lee was born to Walter and Marie Mercer (Davis) on December 20, 1923 in Sherwin, KS. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1942 and joined the US Army in October 1942 where he was a corporal during World War II stationed in Wichita Falls, TX.
Lee married Velda “Vicky” Lovelady on April 23, 1943 and they had three sons, Gary, Terry and Raymond. They raised their sons on a farm in Columbus, KS. After the war, Lee worked in the mines in Pitcher, OK, the Spencer Chemical plant in Crestline, KS, and was a farmer from which he retired in 1985. After retirement he enjoyed traveling, fishing and playing cards. In May of 2019, he moved to Florida to live with his grandson and enjoy the sunshine.
Lee was preceded in death by his wife Vicky of 47 years, his parents Walter and Marie, two brothers Ralph and Carl, three sisters May, Opal and Mary Louise, his sons Gary and Terry, one grandson, one great grandson and his later in life companion of 27 years Roberta Simpson.
He is survived by his son Raymond Mercer and Daughter in Law Tammy of New Port Richey, FL, Daughter in Law Martha Mercer of Edna, KS, nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Park Cemetery, Columbus, KS handled by Derfelt Funeral Home in Columbus.