Retiree Connection

Grand Valley mourns the death of Richard Mehler

Date: March 11, 2014

Richard Mehler a retiree from GVSU passed away March 10, 2014.

Rich Mehler, age 81, of Wyoming, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, March 10, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Dorothy Mehler; mother and father-in-law, Maxine and Paul Dibblee; sister, Peggy Zimmerman; brothers-in-law, Irving Lang, James Holzbach; sister-in-law, Connee (Robert) Sutter. He is survived by his loving wife of  60 years, Barbara; his beloved children, Laurel (James) Degnan of Chicago, IL; Michael Mehler of Cyprus, TX; brother, Leo Jr. (Sharon) Mehler; sister, Dolores Holzbach; brothers-in-law, Donald Zimmerman, Robert (Diane) Dibblee; sister-in-law, Darlene Lang; many nieces and nephews. Rich earned his Master’s Degree in Science from Purdue University.  He had a rewarding career mentoring both students and staff at Purdue University and Grand Valley State University.  Rich was known for his friendliness and considered it his mission to bring sunshine to those he met.  Rich proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 11:00 am at First Evangelical Covenant Church, 1933 Tremont Blvd. NW, Grand Rapids, with Pastor Craig Swanson officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet the family at the church 1 hour prior to the service. An additional memorial service will be held in Hammond, IN at a later date. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make memorial contributions to First Evangelical Covenant Church or The Salvation Army.  



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