THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Ellis E. Mercier
Issue Date: July 3, 2019
Ellis E. Mercier, 87, of Oconto, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019 at his home surrounded by family.
Born July 9, 1931 in Green Bay, to the late Edward and Mildred (Topel) Mercier, he married Audrey Wessley on Jan. 27, 1951 and she preceded him in death on June 13, 2001. In younger years he was a scuba instructor and belonged to the Neptune Nimrods.
A history buff, he especially enjoyed Oconto and Pensaukee history and was referred to as the "Perch" expert on PBS.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and worked at Northwest Engineering Co. for 12 years and then Kennametal, where he loved his job and customers for 25 years, until retiring.
He moved to Oconto Falls in 1976 and bought the Caldwell House and it became the Mercier's Hotel. The Hotel continued in the family for 30 years. In 2016, he went on the Honor Flight and in 2006 he traveled to Germany with his friend, TJ Smith and his wife Juel.
He enjoyed watching any Wisconsin sporting event, lotto scratch offs and going to the Casino. He was a member of First American Lutheran Church, Oconto, Oconto American Legion, Oconto County Historical Society and Oconto Harbor Commission.
He is survived by two daughters and Lori Mercier and Jane (Junior) Marquardt; three sons, Michael (Brenda) Mercier, Andy (Jenny) Mercier and Joseph (John Kokkines) Mercier; a brother, Donald "Bucco" (Kay) Mercier; his significant other, Cathy Brill and her family; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Among his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Darla and Bonnie Mercier and a brother, Eugene Mercier.
The family received relatives and friends at Gallagher Funeral Home in Oconto on Thursday, June 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation continued at First American Lutheran Church in Oconto on Friday, June 28 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Fred Mai officiating. Burial was in Brookside Cemetery with Military Rites by all Oconto Veteran Organizations.