Robert Stephen Mercille of O’Fallon, Illinois formerly of Old Mines departed this life on November 19, 2017 surrounded by the love and care of his dear family. Robert was born September 1, 1969 in Festus, Missouri a son of Charlotte May Bone and the late Terry Mercille. Robert was Forty-eight years, two months and eighteen days of age.
Robert is survived by his mother, Charlotte May (Boyer) Bone and her husband Gary of Pevely, Missouri; two daughters, Tess Mercille of Bonne Terre, Missouri, Reighann Politte of O’Fallon, Illinois; two sisters, Connie Harbison and her husband Todd of Mineral Point, Missouri, Leslie Bone and her husband David Johns of Glen Carbon, Illinois; three brothers, Doug Mercille and his wife Sandy of Columbia, Illinois, Kevin Michael Mercille of Pevely, Patrick Bone of Troy, Illinois; his life partner and supporter, Chrystal Politte of O’Fallon, Illinois and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other dear and special relatives and friends. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Terry Mercille.
Robert served his country in the Missouri National Guard for twenty years. He was ordered to active duty on January 5, 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served in Kuwait and Iraq. He served in a designated imminent danger area during this time. Robert received many medals for his dedication, including Meritorious Service, Army Commendation 3 times, Army Achievement 2 times, Army Reserve Components Achievement 2 times, National Defense Service 2 times, Global War on Terrorism Service, Humanitarian Service, Armed Forces Reserve, Army Lapel Button, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development 2 times, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component, Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge and the Iraq Campaign Medal. Robert enlisted in the National Guard on September 25, 1987 and Retired with an Honorable Discharge on September 24, 2007.
Robert had a great love for life and for sharing his knowledge and friendship with all. He was a member of the St. Joachim Catholic Church, Old Mines, Missouri and the Washington County Knights of Columbus, Old Mines, Missouri. He was very dedicated to his family and friends and was always there for them when needed. He loved his job and always looked forward to going to work. Robert and his brother Doug took great pride in continuing the operations of the family business in Old Mines, Hoots Store and one of the last operating Drive-in movie business “The Star Lite Drive-in”. Robert was always ready for a game of Golf with anyone and at any time.
Roberts’s time here touched many lives throughout this world. Not only by defending this country and protecting others throughout the world, but, here at home where he donated so much of his time and worth to those in the area. A hero in many lives, he will be sadly missed and forever loved.
Visitation was held Monday, November 21, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Tuesday, November 22, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM at the Moore Funeral Home.
The Funeral Mass was Celebrated Tuesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the St. Joachim Catholic Church, Old Mines with Father Tony Dattilo officiating. Music was provided by the Church Choir.
Final Prayers and Burial was in the St. Joachim Catholic Cemetery. Honoring Robert and serving as Pallbearers were his men from the 220th Eng. Co., Missouri National Guard, David Veach, Cory Sansoucie, Mike Bequette, Dink Friedmeyer, Dean Hotop, Billy Hatfield and Craig Wadlow. Army Delta Company provided the Gun Volley, Taps and Folding of the American Flag. The Flag was presented to the family by Master Sargent Mike Bequette.
Following all services, the Family and friends returned to the Washington County Knights of Columbus Hall where a lunch and further fellowship was held.