Donald Mercer

Graveside services for 91-year old Donald “Merc” Mercer are Tues, Feb 13, 2024 at 2:00 at the Alliance Cemetery with The Rev Russ Seger officiating. 

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Donald E “Merc” Mercer was born April 9, 1932 at Devils Lake, North Dakota to Leslie and Sarah (Ackerman) Mercer. He passed away on Thurs, Feb 1, 2024 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance.

Don farmed with his dad during his high school years and before entering the service. He enlisted in the U-S Army on Feb 11, 1954 and was honorably discharged on Feb 10, 1956. 

He then entered Army Reserve for a total of 8 years of service. After the service, he joined the American Legion and was a member of the Bill Dowling Post 12 in Chadron for over 50 years.

Don married Myrtle Swanson and they had two sons, Howard and David, but would later divorce. On Dec 28, 1967 he was united in marriage to Treva (Kirkpatrick) Daugherty. 

Don worked in a variety of fields including many years in custom combining as an over-the-road truck driver. He also worked for Chief Industries in Grand Island for 10 years and sold insurance. 

He and his wife Treva owned and operated an ice cream shop in Kearney for many years before they returned to Alliance in 1992 and operated the farm north of Alliance. 

Don truly enjoyed flying his airplane as well as farming, raising cattle and fixing things on the farm.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his wife Treva, his sons Howard and David, and his sister Doris Poswinski.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law John and Lois Mercer of Lakota, ND; his step-son Jim Daugherty of Overland Park, KS; and his cousin Alice and Mark Walker of Stillwater, MN.

Bates Gould Funeral Home of Alliance is in charge of arrangements for Don “Merc” Mercer.