Charles, Mercer, 71

Charles W. Mercer, 71, of Dickinson Road, White Pigeon, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at his home, following a short illness.

He was born June 27, 1939, in Constantine, a son of Edgar E. and June (Condor) Mercer. He had been a resident of the White Pigeon and Constantine area most of his life.

On Dec. 14, 1957, he married Janet R. Carper in White Pigeon. She preceded him in death March 1, 1998.

He was self-employed most of his life. He was founder of Mercer Septic Service of White Pigeon and Country Traveler Truck Campers of Mottville, and was a farmer, truck driver and employed by Clifton Engineering of Kalamazoo.

He was a member of Sturgis Moose Lodge. He enjoyed his family, draft horses, old tractors, gardening and his dogs, Andy and Cody.

Surviving are two daughters, Tammy J. (LeRoy) Bistodeau of Three Rivers and Becky (Ken) Lay of White Pigeon; three sons, William C. Mercer of Phoenix, Edgar E. (Deb) Mercer and Jeffrey A. Mercer of White Pigeon; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Hitchcock of Three Rivers and Sharon Mercer of Sturgis; three brothers, Carl Mercer of Sturgis, Jerry Mercer of Harford and Scott (Tina) Mercer of White Pigeon; companion, Linda Hummel of Cassopolis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and a brother, William (Boggie) Mercer.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Scott Manning, pastor of Constantine and White Pigeon United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will follow in Constantine Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sturgis Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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