Robert Stanley "Bob" Mercer
1923 - 2016
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April 25, 1923 ~ September 27, 2016

Robert Stanley Mercer, 93, of Vancouver, WA, passed away Sept. 27, 2016. He had a rich history connected with Vancouver. His family was a pioneering family that settled here in 1850. Bob was born in Astoria, OR on April 25, 1923 to Estella Ruth Hathaway and Semri Samson Keiski. He worked as an usher at the Kiggins theater in 1938 and graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1941.
Bob was a Flight Engineer for the U.S. Army Air Corps and a Railroad Engineer for Burlington Northern. He worked as a fireman on the 700 Steam Engine and was on the last run that the train made form Portland to Whishram in 1955.
Bob was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He enjoyed RV traveling and gardening.
Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Mercer of Wilsonville, OR; his son, Bob Mercer, Jr. of Vancouver, WA; one step-daughter, Carmen Chaffin of Vancouver, WA; three grandchildren, Michael Hathaway, Jayme Mercer of Vancouver, WA, Sabrina Mercer-Rott of Wilsonville, OR; five great-grandchildren, Amber Fussell and Misha Fussell of Vancouver, WA, Kaylee Hathaway of Portland, OR, Libby Hathaway and Zach Hathaway of Vancouver, WA; and half-brothers, Laurie Keiski of Atoka, IN and Stephen Keiski of Seattle, WA.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Rosemary Mercer in 2005.
A memorial service will be held this Sun., Oct. 2nd, 1:00 p.m. at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 E. 12th St., Vancouver, WA.
Special thanks to the loving nurses and caretakers at Hampton Salmon Creek as well as family and friends who were with Bob during his last days.
Memorial donations may be made to
the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association
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Published in The Columbian on Sep. 30, 2016.
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January 24, 2017
I miss you every day Dad.. What an amazing Father you have been. I will look forward to our Father-Daughter dance when we meet again in heaven some day. Until then, I will carry you in my heart. I love you.. Lisa
Lisa Mercer
October 4, 2016
Bob...I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May God grant you peace at this time.
Janice McClellan/Wilson
October 3, 2016
My condolences to the Mercer family. Mr. Mercer was one of the anchors of the neighborhood. My husband and I had a delightful conversation with him a few years back while we were in town visiting Dad. What amazing tales he shared!
Barbara Ernesti - Halliday
October 1, 2016
My sincere condolence to your family. I hope that your many fond memories will comfort you and that you find encouragement from the Bible at Phillipians 4:6-7.
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