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Official Obituary of

Robert "Bob" Louis Mercer

December 4, 1942 ~ March 7, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Robert "Bob" Mercer Obituary

Robert “Bob” Louis Mercer, 80, passed away at his home in Auburn, Wash., on March 7, 2023, surrounded by his family. 

Bob was born on December 4, 1942, to Alfred Thomas Jr. and Anne (Blaine) Mercer in Boston, Mass. He was the second of three brothers. 

Bob joined the U.S. Air Force in 1961 and served two tours in Vietnam in 1962 and 1969. He met and married his wife, Gillian, while stationed at Royal Air Force Fylingdales in Yorkshire, England, where his only child, a daughter, Dawn, was born. After 23 years, Bob retired from the Air Force as a chief master sergeant and began a second career with the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller in 1984. He retired from the FAA in 2006 and enjoyed years of travel, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was also a longtime member of the Enumclaw Masonic Center, Crescent Star Lodge No. 109. 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gillian; daughter, Dawn (Jeff) McElvain of Auburn; grandson, Quinn McElvain of Tucson, Ariz.; brother, John (Linda) Mercer of Fayetteville N.C.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Mercer of Bremerton, Wash.; a number of much loved nieces and nephews; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and elder brother, Alfred Mercer III. 

A Masonic service is scheduled for March 26 at 12:00 p.m. at Crescent Star Lodge No. 109 in Enumclaw. 

A committal service with full military honors will be held on March 28 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash., at 2:30 p.m. An open house will follow at the family home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

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Masonic Service
March 26, 2023

12:00 PM
Enumclaw Masonic Lodge
42810 264th Ave SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022

Military Honors
March 28, 2023

2:30 PM
Tahoma National Cemetery
18600 240th St
Kent, WA 98042


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