Elden Albert Mehl (Papa), 88, of Olathe, Ks went to be with his Lord on June 10, 2022 after a brief stay at Villa St Francis.
He was born in Spearville, KS on November 24, 1933 to Albert and Meta (Weiss) Mehl, the oldest of 4 children and grew up on the family farm in Edwards County, KS helping out with early morning and late evening chores. Elden was raised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. In high school he played baseball, basketball and football. As a young man, he was deputized by his uncle, who was sheriff of Ford County at that time. He lived most of his life in Southwest Kansas.
On July 21, 1956 he married Joyce Hamm, a friend of his sister, Doris. The couple soon moved to Chicago where Elden studied radio and tv repair and was a runner for Wall Street. Nine months later he was drafted into the US army. After basic training he was stationed in Germany as a field radio repairman. He served there until 1959 and received an honorable discharge.
The couple made their home in Liberal, Kansas where they lived until 1995. Elden worked as a salesman for most of his career, retiring in 1994. When not working he enjoyed fishing and gardening, as well as attending his oldest son’s wrestling meets and watching science fiction tv shows with his daughters.
In 1995, Elden moved to Olathe with his wife Joyce and son Daniel to be closer to his children, Dene Moehring, Mike Mehl and LaRhonda Rutledge, their spouses, Rick Moehring, Jamie Mehl and Kevin Rutledge and his grandchildren. He found a church family at the Gardner Church of the Nazarene and has been a member there for the last 27 years.
Elden is remembered as a man who loved taking his younger son to breakfast regularly, taking friends to dinner theater, taking his grandkids fishing and attending their ball games and piano recitals.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Lois. He is survived by two sisters, Doris Hafliger and Eileen Mehl, his wife, Joyce, his children, their spouses, 13 grandchildren, Jonathan (Alexious), Brian (Marissa), Kevin, Ryan, Christopher (Allie), Kyle, Garrett, Kelsi, Matthew, Alyssa, Eric, Kayla, and Jenna, 4 great grandchildren, Aiden, Declan, Emma, and Gwendolyn, and a large, loving extended family.
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