Kenneth Fred Mercer of Sullivan, Missouri, was born in Clayton, Missouri, December 5, 1949 to Chester and Esther (Swearingen) Mercer and passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the age of 71 years.
He grew up and attended school in the Valley Park and Mountain Grove, Missouri area.
At age 17, Kenneth enlisted into the United States Navy, where he honorably served our country for four years.
In 1970, while serving upon the USS Laffey, he met Lou, in Floriana, Malta. They were married on June 24, 1971. This year would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.
After his time in the service, Kenneth and Lou moved back to Sullivan, Missouri for some time, before moving to Texas and then Utah. In 1994, they made their final home in Sullivan, Missouri. Kenneth was a roofing contractor for the majority of his working career and eventually owned his own business, Ken’s Roofing.
Kenneth was often called “everyone’s dad”. He was an overcomer against many different obstacles that life threw his way.
Kenneth enjoyed spending his time outdoors; metal detecting, fishing, hunting, numismatics and camping. He was also blessed with being very creative and enjoyed oil painting, woodworking and metalcraft.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Esther Mercer; and three siblings, William Mercer, Brenda Singer and Arthur Mercer.
He is survived by his wife, Lou of Sullivan, Missouri; daughter, Julie Sanford and husband Josh of Sullivan, Missouri; five grandchildren, Devon Mercer, Kassidy Taylor, Caitlin Enke (Taylor), Preston Taylor and Brennan Taylor; four brothers, Donald Mercer of Sullivan, Missouri, Chester Ray Mercer of Cuba, Missouri, Edward Shelton of Marshfield, Missouri and John Shelton of Marshfield, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
Interment followed in the Reedville Cemetery with full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan, Missouri.