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Robert J. Mercier

funeral director with Messier-Broullire Funeral Homes, Manistique and Garden, Michigan, died September 4, 2012, at age 63. Mercier attended Northern Michigan University before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1968. He served through 1971 and spent 24 months in Vietnam. Mercier then attended Bay de Noc Community College, earning an associate of applied science degree, and was nominated to Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges for scholastic achievement. He transferred to Wayne State University to complete a degree in mortuary science, graduating as valedictorian in 1975. Mercier spent 35 years as a funeral director at Messier-Broullire. He is survived by wife Lang; daughter Kim; sons Thomas, Marvin and Paul; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.