Eugene Mehling, 90, Ferdinand

Eugene Mehling, 90, of Ferdinand, died July 10, 2020, at his home. After 64 years of marriage, he has gone to his heavenly home to meet the Blessed Virgin of Mary to whom his devotion never ceased.

Eugene was born May 30, 1930, to John and Ida (Schum) Mehling. He married Imelda Buechler on May 12, 1956, at St. Anthony.

Eugene retired from Masterbrand after 19 years. A lifetime farmer, he raised purebred Yorkshire hogs for breeding stock. He was active in the 4-H program and served as an officer for Dubois County Pork Producers. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed time with family, wood crafts, bird watching, driving country roads and checkers. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Joseph Sodality and the Ferdinand Community Center.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Imelda; children, Richard (Jane) Mehling of Huntingburg, Ernest (Judy) Mehling of St. Anthony, Steve (Jackie) Mehling of Ferdinand, Russell (Patty) Mehling of Bristow, Kathy (Jim) Ernst of Huntingburg, and Ruth (Tony) Paulin and Lisa (Gene) Mullis, both of Ferdinand; son-in-law, Kenny Rahman of Ferdinand; 16 grandchildren, Matthew, Ryan, Audrey, Shaun and Janelle Mehling, April Gogel, Courtney Treese, Jason Ernst, Jessica Eckstein, Chris and Brian Rahman, Nick and Jarret Paulin, Angela Evitts, Ashley Lueken, Chad Mullis, Brandi Schultz, Audrey Russell and Trevis Mattingly- 34 great-grandchildren; sisters, Elfreida Hedinger and Sr. Beata Mehling; and brother, Harold (Linda) Mehling.

Preceding him in death: daughter, Rita Rahman, a great grandson, Rider; brothers, Edwin, Oscar, Robert, and infant Sylvester Mehling, sisters, Leona Becher and Alberta Begle. Brother-in-laws, Roman Becher, Herb Hedinger and Othmar Begle, sisters-in-laws, Marie Mehling, Annetta Mehling and Ann Rach.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 15, at noon in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rights.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Donations may be made to Christ the King Parish or a favorite charity.

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