Richard G Mercier

November 19, 1925 - July 31, 2011 

Richard G Mercier

November 19, 1925 - July 31, 2011 

Obituary for Richard G Mercier

Richard G. (Dick) Mercier, 85, passed away July 31, 2011. Son of Mary and George Mercier, Dick was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and 1943 graduate of Shortridge High School. He attended Texas A & M and Purdue and graduated from the US Army Air Corps School of Aerial Navigation. As an officer during WWII, he instructed Air Corps navigation cadets. Dick loved to fly and was an instrument rated commercial pilot. He owned businesses in Indianapolis and Louisville.

An avid hunter and fisherman Dick had many champion hunting dogs including Dandy’s Cassie, the third of all pointing breeds to achieve Senior Hunter and Smoke Master, the first English Setter to achieve Senior Hunter. Many years he spent part of the fall in South Dakota pheasant hunting. He was one of the original incorporators and president of the Indiana Sportsmen’s Roundtable (ISR). He remained its president for 16 years. Through those years he lobbied for the ISR helping to secure numerous pieces of legislation beneficial to Hoosier sportsmen and women. Most notable are the “Landowner Liability Bill” which open thousands of additional acres to sportsmen and the “Senior Citizen Fishing License” which will add millions of federal excise dollars to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) funding. In 1995 Dick accepted the IDNR “Conservation Organization of the Year” for the ISR. In 1998 the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) honored him as “Conservationist of the Year” and the IDNR presented him with their “Conservationist of the Year” award in 2002. Dick was well known on capital hill as an advocate for conservation and sportsmen. The Indiana Bowhunter’s Association, in 2004, created the “Dick Mercier Conservationist of the Year” trophy, awarded annually to a deserving individual. One of his most treasured honors was induction into the “Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame” last year as an “Outdoor Advocate and Conservationist.” He was a Sagamore of the Wabash and a Kentucky Colonel.

Dick was an ardent sports fan. He followed the Pacers, Colts, Bears and Reds but above all he loved his Cubbies.

He is survived by his wife Mary Em (Mamie), daughter Mary Jane Van Hoesen, Lummi Island, WA, sons Richard M. (Debby) of New Albany, IN and David G. Mercier, Indianapolis, three grandchildren, a great grandchild and sister Marilyn Wetzler, Boca Raton, FL.

A memorial service will be held Thursday 3:00 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 6050 N. Meridian.

The family thanks the wonderful St. Vincent’s Hospice staff. Memorial donations may be made to:

St. Vincent’s Hospice
8450 N. Payne Road Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46268
www.stvincent.org/Hospice.aspx
317-338-4040

Or

Indiana Wildlife Federation
4715 West 10th Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
www.indianawildlife.org
317-875-9453

“The Lord does not Subtract from Man’s Life Span the Hours Spent Hunting”

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