NEPONSET — William Howard Mercer, 81, of Neponset died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa.
Howard was born May 16, 1937, in Galesburg, the son of Stanley and Ruth (Thompson) Mercer. He graduated from Neponset High School with the Class of 1955. Howard married Kathleen Hull on Dec. 27, 1974, at the Congregational Church in Sheffield.
Howard worked at Martin Engineering in Neponset for several years and later worked at John Deere for 25 years, retiring in 1997. Howard joined the Masons in 1967 and was a 32nd Degree Mason. Howard loved to do woodworking, building and refinishing furniture. He enjoyed working away in the flower garden. Howard was a home body and loved spending time with his dogs. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends.
Howard is survived by his wife, Kathleen; two sons, Stanley (Audrey) Mercer of Kewanee and Michael (Becky) Mercer of Harrisonburg, Va.; two grandchildren, Tyler Mercer of Princeton and Ashley Mercer of Princeton; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A Masonic service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western Bureau County Food Pantry in Sheffield.
Please leave an online condolence for Howard’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.