SEARSPORT – Robert G. Mercier passed away peacefully Jan. 17, 2011, in the presence of family. Bob was a true patriot, dedicated to his country in honor and in service in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, and a veteran of the Korean War. Before joining the Air Force, he served with the U.S. Coast Guard on the crash boats based in Sandwich, Mass., where he met his future wife. They traveled the country, family in tow, during his tenure with the Strategic Air Command Minuteman Missile Squadron. Upon his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, the family moved to Monument Beach, where Bob became an officer with the Department of Natural Resources in the town of Bourne, Mass. In 1982 Bob retired again, and moved to Searsport, where he and Jane opened an antique gift shop. After 17 years in the receiving department of Hamilton Marine, Bob retired again, in summer 2010. Bob was the past commander and chaplain of American Legion Post No. 157, Stockton Springs; and a member of Mariner’s Lodge No. 68, AF & AM, Searsport. Bob’s passion in life, besides his family, was cars. He restored a 1932 Chevy that was his pride and joy, that he displayed at several area car shows. Bob will be remembered for his wit, kindness and speaking his mind. “If you don’t want a truthful answer, you shouldn’t ask the question,” was his motto. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane, in 2007. He is survived by his daughter, Chrystal and her husband, John LaPine, of West Barnstable, Mass.; daughter, Holly and her husband, Ken Harris, of Miami; son, Scot Mercier and his wife, Sandy, of Searsport; and his son, Keith Mercier and his wife, Bethe, of Bangor. He is also survived by grandchildren, Nichole, Joshua, Benjamin, Lindsey and Cailee. Services will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Safe Harbor Church, Route One, Searsport. Interment will be at a later date at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Waldo County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 407, Belfast, ME 04915. Arrangements are under the direction of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 31 West Main St., Searsport.