Mench, Edwin E. (Woody) Colonel,
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Fairport: Peacefully on November 7 after a courageous fight against prostate cancer. He is predeceased by his wife Margaret Nichols Mench, his parents Elwood E. Mench Sr. and Marcella Mench, and son-in-law Philip Nixon. He is survived by his wife Marion; children Rosemary (Jeff) Gaynier, Stephen (Diane), Andrea Mench-Nixon; step-children Kristin (Robert) Treiber, Chip (Julie) Simplicio, and Jonathan (Sandy) Simplicio. He is also survived by 10 loving and loved grandchildren.
A native of Philadelphia, Ed graduated from Duquesne University. He entered active U.S. Air Force service in 1956 and received his wings in 1957. After returning to civilian life in 1960, he joined the reserves where he remained for 26 years during which he achieved the rank of full Colonel. His 31 year Air Force career was marked by his appointment as Niagara Falls Air Force Group Commander and completing over 4500 flying hours. He retired from the Air Force in 1986. An executive with Xerox, he retired from the company in 1993.
He was involved in various military organizations including Military Officers of America on the local and statewide level and served two terms as State President of the MOAA Council of Chapters.
Woody was an avid sportsman playing tennis, baseball, softball, and golf. He fanatically cheered on the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.
One of his proudest achievements was his involvement as a founding director of Honor Flight Rochester. At his death, he was Chairman and President of the organization which has flown 1492 WWII veterans to Washington DC to visit their memorial.
The family will be receiving friends Monday from 4 to 7 at Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home, 7501 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, Fairport, NY. His funeral mass will take place Tuesday, 11a.m. at St. Louis Church, 64 S. Main Street, Pittsford, NY.
The family thanks the staff of Aaron Manor for their caring and kindness. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Honor Flight Rochester, PO Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Nov. 10, 2013