Bobby Dee Merscham, 77, Mountainburg, Ark., passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the VA hospital in Fayetteville.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel, Van Buren, Ark. Cremation is under the direction of the funeral home.

He was born March 13, 1937, in Garnett, Kan., to the late Rollie and Shirley Lane Merscham, during one of the biggest snow storms in the state’s history.

He grew up in Richmond, Kan., and graduated from Richmond High School.

Bob joined the U.S. Air Force, and served for many years as an airplane mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a wife, Dana; and a sister, Dale Eileen.

He was a good friend and neighbor.

Bob married Tila Morales in 1960 in Del Rio, Texas. They later divorced.

He married Sylvia Casteel in 1963 in Ottawa, Kan. They later divorced.

Bob married Dana Potter Kickoley, and moved to Arkansas in 1976. Dana passed away in 2005.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Stover and husband, Ralph, Williamsburg, Kan., and Rebecca Merscham, Ottawa, Kan.; a son, Ralph Merscham and wife, Thelma, Del Rio, Texas; two sisters, Shirley Anne Reeves, Richmond, Kan., and Donna Stahl and husband, John, Williamsburg, Kan.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Ark.

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