Ray Mercier, 1930-2019

Ray D. Mercier, 89, of Rolling Prairie, IN, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019.

He was born April 21, 1930, in Chicago (Roseland), IL, to William and Elizabeth (Houlihan) Mercier.

Ray attended Scanlon Elementary School and graduated from Fenger High School in Chicago in 1948. Upon graduation Ray was employed at International Harvester in Chicago.  In 1951 Ray enlisted in the United States Army in Fort Lee, VA, until 1953. He was a proud veteran all his life. After his release from active military service, Ray returned to his position at International Harvester in the Overseas Sales Division until his retirement in 1979. During the 1980s Ray also worked for the Village of Riverdale as the Zoning Commissioner.

In October 1959, Ray married Dolores H. Hynes at Visitation Catholic Church in Chicago. Ray and Dolores raised a family of four children for 30 years in Riverdale, IL.  He was devoted to his son, Matthew, in his support of his developmental disability.

In 1981 Ray and Dolores purchased two cottages in Saugany Lake (Rolling Prairie), IN, where they vacationed as a family for many years.  In 1994 Ray and Dolores left Riverdale and moved to Saugany Lake permanently after building the house of their dreams! Ray loved his life and home at Saugany Lake! He was a devoted Catholic, attending Mass regularly throughout his lifetime. He was a member of St. John Kanty Catholic Church in Rolling Prairie. He was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth (Houlihan) Mercier, and his two brothers, William and Robert Mercier.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Dolores; his two daughters, Michelle Fey and Maureen Mercier, both of St. Charles, IL; his two sons, Mark (Emily) Mercier of Kathleen, GA, and Matthew Mercier of Lansing, IL; his two granddaughters, Erin Fey of Chicago and Courtney Fey of Iowa City, IA; and his two grandsons, Forrest Mercier of Atlanta, GA, and Tucker Mercier of Kathleen, GA.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. CST Friday, June 14, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. In honor of Ray’s intense love of sports (especially Notre Dame and Chicago White Sox), family and friends are encouraged to don sportswear for visitation on Friday. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. CST Saturday, June 15, at St. John Kanty Catholic Church, Rolling Prairie. Family and friends may gather at 8:30 a.m. CST in the funeral home on Saturday for procession to church. Cremation will follow and private interment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Share Foundation, P.O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371; or LARC, 19043 Wentworth Ave., P.O. Box 77, Lansing, IL 60438.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.esslingfunerahome.com.

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