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Loren Mercier - December 22, 2008

Loren Mercier was born on Oct. 20, 1937 near Campbell, Neb. He was the oldest of two children born to Loyde and Bessie Meyer Mercier. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith at Campbell in November of 1937 and later confirmed as an adult in Kearney, Neb. Loren grew up in the Shelton, Gibbon, and Kearney communities, graduating from Kearney High School in 1955.
Loren joined the United States Navy in October of 1955. He was part of the 101st Fighter Squadron and was stationed in Key West, Fla. He was discharged from active duty in 1958 and served with the Naval Reserves until his discharge in 1961.
Loren was married to Pat Langtry in 1960. One daughter, Michele, was born to this union. He later married Pat Williams in Lowell, Neb. in 1984.
While in Kearney, Loren worked for Baldwin Manufacturing. He later worked for a brief time with the water department in Colorado Springs. In 1966 he began working at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition plant in Grand Island, Neb. He later served as the branch manager for Utility Equipment Co. which specialized in the sale of underground water and sewer products to municipalities and contractors. In 1992 he began working for Great Lakes Aviation in Grand Island and was distinguished as being the first person to retire from Great Lakes in 2002.
Loren’s mother had been living in Grant and through her, he was introduced to Lorene “Reenie” Woodhead. Loren and Lorene were married on Jan. 4, 2003 at the Trinity Lutheran Church north of Grant. They made their home in Grant the rest of his life.
Loren had been in failing health and was moved to the Perkins County Community Hospital, Monday morning, Dec. 22, 2008. He died at the hospital later that afternoon, reaching the age of 71.
Loren was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. While living in Grand Island, he belonged to the Peace Lutheran Church. Loren was a member of the Grant American Legion Post and had a high degree of patriotism. One of his greatest joys was riding his horse over the open plains of Nebraska and the mountains of Colorado.
Loren is survived by his wife, Lorene and her three daughters, Marilyn and husband Rick Brodbeck of Ainsworth, Neb., Karen Lee, and Shari and husband Doug Sexson all of Grant; her son, Mike Woodhead of Holyoke, Colo.; Loren’s daughter, Michele Moore of Pleasanton, Calif. and her two daughters, Abigail and Sadie Moore; his sister, Karen and husband Larry Mosel of rural Ogallala, Neb.; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 26 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Wayne Pick officiating.
Music was provided by Marion Oellermann and the congregation.
Casket bearers were Mike Mosel, Mitch Mosel, Mark Mosel, Scott Mosel, Doug Sexson and Mike Woodhead.
Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery with flag presentation by Perkins County Veterans.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of the service.