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Kenneth G. Mehl

January 4, 1921 ~ January 19, 2017 (age 96)

   Kenneth G. Mehl, age 96, of the Good Samaritan Home, formerly of 3219 College, passed away on Thursday (January 19, 2017)  in Blessing Hospital, with his children at his side.

   Kenneth was born on January 4, 1921, to Ella Louise Grannemann Mehl and Arthur William Mehl in St. Louis, Missouri.

   Kenneth enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially playing baseball. Growing up in central St. Louis during the depression was difficult, money was tight yet times were simpler. He and his brother Bob could find a lot of things to do without spending much money. They enjoyed walking to old Sportsman*s Park where as members of *The Knot Hole* gang, they were able to watch the St. Louis Cardinals for free. He remained a life-long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and always looked forward to opening day at Busch Stadium.  

   At age 12, he was stricken with polio. Uncertain on how to treat him, the Doctors at Children*s Hospital told his mother that he would never be able to walk again. It took him over a year of hard work, coupled by a strong will and sheer determination but he walked out of the hospital and returned to Soldan High School, where he graduated with class honors.

   He continued his education at Harris Junior College and the University of Missouri, graduating with a degree in mathematics and physical education in 1943. Shortly after that he began his career as a coach and teacher.  He continued to educate himself throughout his career and was a member of several professional educational organizations.

   On June 6, 1947, he married Louvinia M. Sharp in Columbia, Missouri. During their 25 years of marriage, they had four children together.

   A growing family and new opportunities brought him to Quincy where he taught math and coached at Madison School, Quincy Junior High and Quincy Senior High School before retiring in 1977.

   During that time frame, he was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America and coached the UCT Travelers little league baseball team.

   On May 26, 1979 he married Patricia Sue Griffith. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary prior to her passing away after a long battle with cancer on February 9, 2010.

   After retiring, he remained active in community affairs as a long-time member of the Breakfast Optimist Club and the Golden K Kiwanis. In both of those clubs he held several offices including club Secretary and club President. He was also very active with Adams County RSVP and was selected as a member of their Hall of Fame class in 2000.

   He also enjoyed playing golf with family followed by a visit to his favorite restaurant Kelly*s.

   Throughout his life he enjoyed working with, teaching and mentoring young people. Whether it be in the classroom, the baseball field, the basketball court or with the Boy Scouts of America, he would encourage them to work hard and better themselves through education.

   Faced with several health and mobility issues in later life, he faced those challenges as he lead his life with a strong will and determination to recover.  

   The family wishes to thank Dr. Greg Andrews and his staff, Cheryl, Cindy and Donna at the Quincy Medical Group for over 30 years of exceptional professional care and friendship.

   The family wishes to thank Katie Bowen and her staff, especially the CNA*s in the Sunny Dale wing at Good Samaritan Home who took such good care of him in the final stages of life.

   The family also wishes to thank Dr. Ghanekar and Dr. Vardaros of Quincy Medical Group for their care and tremendous compassion during his final hospital stay, and a big thank you to all the RN*s and support staff at Blessing Hospital, 3 floor North, for their excellent care, support and kindness.
   Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert H. Mehl; and both of his wives.
   He is survived by a son, Robert C. Mehl of Quincy; a daughter, Catherine L. Goertz and her husband Gary of Irmo, South Carolina; a son, Kenneth D. Mehl and his wife Belinda of Jacksonville, Florida; a daughter Terri D. Stern and her husband Brett of Dunn-Loring, Virginia; grandchildren, Jennifer Cooper and her husband Russ of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Christopher Mehl and his companion Wendy of Jacksonville, Florida; as well great grandchildren, Austin, Riley and Reece Cooper and Gabriel and Brayden Mehl.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday morning 11:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Monsignor Leo Enlow officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

   Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 9:30 until the time of services at the funeral home.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church of St. Peter or the Fisher House Foundation.

   Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.
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