George D. Mehling Jr.
George D. Mehling Jr., 97, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at Riverwalk Village in Noblesville following an extended illness.
He was born on Oct. 25, 1922, in Alexandria, to George Dewey Sr. and May (Stevens) Mehling. George graduated from Alexandria High School-Class of 1941.Early in life George worked at Aladdin Lamp, formerly of Alexandria. He then began a career at Delco Remy in Anderson which lasted for 50 years. He retired in 1989 from skilled trades in electronics.
In December of 1942, George entered the United States Air Force. On Dec. 22, 1943, during the Battle of the Bulge George was shot down and found himself a Prisoner of War in a German stalag. During his military service he was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon with five bronze stars, the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart Medal and the EAME Campaign Medal with one Silver Star. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 2012, George was be able to go on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., where he was honored to place the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
George was raised in St. Mary's Church in Alexandria and later moving to Anderson he and his late wife, Betty, joined St. Ambrose Church in Anderson. George and Betty were benefactors of several charitable organizations that spanned Catholic, missions, military and veteran's interests. During his military time, George was a control tower operator, which sparked his interest in the weather and forecasting, a hobby which he has kept active for a number of years.
He enjoyed fishing, working with stained glass, gardening and gemology. He was a fan of the Colts, Pacers, IU basketball, Notre Dame and Air Force football. He always listened to the Indianapolis 500 and was a fan of NASCAR and Jeff Gordon.
Survivors include his daughter, Maryann Mehling-Wilson, Anderson; grandson, Sean Wilson, Salt Lake City, Utah; brothers, William Mehling, Anderson, Maurice Mehling, Alexandria; sisters, Sister Patricia Ann Mehling, Charlene (Jack) Fisher, and Mary Lou Hunter, all of Alexandria, Kathleen Quarles in North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years, Betty (Fuller) Mehling in 2015; brothers, Michael Mehling and Charles Mehling; sisters, Patricia Hinton and Margaret Ireland.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 2801 Lincoln St., Anderson, with Monsignor Robert Sell III as Celebrant. Military honors will follow the Mass. Cremation will then take place with private interment in East Maplewood Cemetery at a future date. Friends may call at the Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested St. Ambrose Catholic Church with envelopes available at the visitation and service.
Owens Funeral Home is honored to care for George and serve the Mehling family.
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Gary Loudenback
Nov 12, 2019
George and his wife, Betty were great neighbors, whom we called friends for over 12 years. When Judi and I moved to the already established neighborhood in 2001, all of the neighbors had already raised their families, and cherished the peace and quiet after all of the years of noise and commotion of teenagers finally leaving the security their parent's homes. Though the normal reaction would be expected that the neighbors would regret another round of teens and pre-teens invading the neighborhood, George and Betty welcomed us with open arms. I can't imagine our many years next door to the Mehlings being anymore enjoyable with any other friends and neighbors. May God bless you both George and... Betty. Thank you so much for your friendship!! With Eternal Love and Respect,
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