Bisch Funeral Home


Gary Mercer

November 16, 1941December 31, 2020

Gary Mercer, 79, of Springfield and formerly of Neoga, Illinois, passed away on December 31, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was born on November 16, 1941 in Centralia, Illinois to Wilmer Roy Mercer and Edna Petrea. Gary married Sandra Kay Webster on March 14, 1964 in Centralia and she preceded him in death on June 28, 2019.

Mr. Mercer is survived by three children: Lynn (Mike) Carter of New Berlin, IL., David (Angenette) Mercer of West Des Moines, IA., and Amy (Kevin) Park of Springfield, and three grandchildren: Ben and Claire Carter and Sydney Miller.

Gary graduated from Centralia High School and the University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy in 1963. He was the owner and operator of Mercer’s Pharmacy in Neoga, Illinois for thirty eight years. Gary was a member of the Neoga School Board, Neoga City Council and was a former Mayor of Neoga. He enjoyed woodworking, smoking meat and he was an avid reader.

Cremation rites were accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, 1344 North Fifth Street, Springfield, IL., 62702 or to the Audubon Society, 2315 Clear Lake Ave. Springfield, IL. 62703., and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


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Erin and Peter Vaughn

January 3, 2021

Our condolences to the Mercer family. We moved next door to Gary roughly three years ago and we have enjoyed being neighbors with him and Kay. Gary was very much adored by many of us including the neighbors kids. He will be missed.

Linda and Steve Gentry

January 3, 2021

Gary. Was a fantastic pharmacist. And all round great man . Anyone around here could trust him like a doctor . For the best over the counter drugs when the doctor was out of town . Gary is loving being with Kay again . Good bye dear friend .

Dennis & Glocile Francis

January 3, 2021

Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincere sympathy,
Dennis & Glocile Francis

Rachel Sexton

January 3, 2021

Gary was a wonderful man. I used to work with him at Sav Mor Pharmacy. We would always joke around. I will definitely miss him and his humor. My prayers and condolences to his family. He will certainly be missed.

Dave Falk

January 3, 2021

Gary was one of the greatest guys I’ve ever known. He was always ready to help anyone and was a great friend and mentor to me.
I’ll treasure the times I got to spend with him.

Patty Murray (helm)

January 2, 2021

He was always a very kind man I’m so sorry to here this 😪

Sandra Szatkowski

January 2, 2021

Gary and Kay were a wonderful couple. They spent a lot of their lives in Neoga. I feel very blessed to of known them. May god bless your families at this time.

Dave Millikan

January 2, 2021

Gary was my friend .We shared an apartment together while in Pharmacy school that begin a friendship of 57 years.
We spent a wonderful week with him in our home where we reconnected and shared great memories just last August.
He will be missed by many whose lives he touched! Dave

Chester Vanscyoc

January 2, 2021

Gary was the best. When my son was sick and my job wasn't good enough to pay for his meds gary stepped up and made sure he had what he needed. His big heart helped many people in the Neoga community. RIP Gary. You will be missed by many

Jim & Linda Short

January 2, 2021

Gary and Kay made a great impact to the Neoga Community. Gary was especially very important in providing care for the people of Neoga through his pharmacy and also instrumental in the city government. They were great friends.