Carroll Douglas Mercer, youngest of 9 children born to Spurgeon Harry Mercer and Jesse Evans, was born December 26, 1928 in Tinsman, Arkansas. He entered eternal rest on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Corning Nursing and Rehab in Corning, Iowa.
Carrolls family moved to Iowa when he was 9 years old and attended school in Brooks, Iowa. Carroll was united in marriage to Maxine Carr on March 3, 1946 in Leavenworth, Kansas and 4 children were born to bless this union. Carroll lived his entire life in Adams County. He worked as a farmer, truck driver, Red Star Mills supervisor and over 30 years for Adams Cty as a heavy equipment operator.
Carroll (known to many as “Big Merc”) enjoyed sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, skating and walking. He attended virtually all of his kids sporting events throughout their school years-baseball, football, wrestling. Even after working a long day with 2 jobs, he would find time to support his kids activities. Carroll was a devoted husband, dedicated Father, tireless employee, friend to many and wonderful neighbor. He had a hearty laugh, a quick wit, loved a good joke and always a big smile and wave to people when walking.
Left to cherish Carrolls memory are his son C. Denny (Deborah) Mercer of Waukee, Iowa; son Doug (Janet) Mercer of Brooks, Iowa; daughter Janice Mercer Leonard of Corning, Iowa; 4 grandchildren: Christine, Stacey, Cody (Kristen) and Clayton (Kristyn Thompson) Mercer; 3 great grand children: Cecily and Gannon Hook and Briggs Mercer and many neices and nephews.
Carroll was preceded in death by his wife Maxine; his parents; an infant son Richard Harry Mercer; and, all of his 8 siblings