Robert C. "Bud" Mercer, age 94, of North Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Newark, Ohio, passed away early Sunday morning on July 27, 2014, in North Fort Myers, Florida. '
He was born September 10, 1919 in Springfield, Ohio to the late Fay and Olga (Olsen) Mercer.
Buddy was well known in Newark, Ohio, 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, Athens, Ohio 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 United States 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 Department 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.
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 Ravenna, Ohio; his granddaughters, Lori (William) Wolford of Kent, Ohio and Amber (Craig) Hrobak Nashville, Tennessee; his great-grandchildren, Bill and Elizabeth Wolford and great-grandchildren CJ and Tyler Hrobak; his daughter, Diana Hill of Wilmington, North Carolina; his granddaughter, Cara Hill (James) Riddel of Fredonia and Westfall, Ohio; his grandsons, Brian Thomas Hill and Thaddeus Robert Hill, both of Wilmington, North Carolina; great-grandsons, Christian Robert Hill and Thomas Skylar Hill.
He is missed by his brother, Bill Mercer of Newark, OH; as well as his nephews, Tim (Sandy) Mercer, Dave (Sandy) Mercer, Steve (Diane) Mercer of Newark and John Reid of Heath, Ohio; his nieces, Julie (Bill) Critchfield of Massillon, Ohio; Cathy (Pasquale D'Aurelio) Durant of North Canton, OH; and great-nephew, Billy Critchfield of Massillon, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia I. "Ginny" (Harris) in 2008; three brothers, Richard "Dick", Frank and Melvin Mercer; and two sisters, Marge Nicodemus and Dorothy Coup.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Robert C. "Bud" Mercer will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral and Cremation Service with Rev. Mark Katrick officiating.
Friends may call on Monday, August 4, from 4-7 p.m. at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark, OH.
Burial will take place in Newark Memorial Gardens where the Licking County, Ohio Veterans 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 or the Licking County Veterans Alliance.
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