Frederick Philip Mehlhaff, 95, of Lodi, died Monday, July 14, 2014, in a Sacramento hospital. Frederick was born to German/Russian immigrant parents, Ferdinand and Katherine Mehlhaff, in Lowry, South Dakota, December 3, 1918. He was the third of nine children, sharing his love of life and Christ with three brothers and five sisters. He left home at the early age of 13 to help support the family during the Great Depression. At the age of 21, he enlisted in the Army
serving our country in WWII
as a Field Medic for almost five years. Upon his return to Mobridge, South Dakota, he met and married Velma Walth in 1946. After working locally at various jobs, he decided to use his military benefit and attend barber college in Sioux City, Iowa in 1947. Over the years, he owned and operated three barber shops in Mobridge, South Dakota, Rapid City, South Dakota, and Lodi, California until his retirement is 1981. Upon retirement he spent his time with Velma taking care of his Lodi area grandchildren. The last few years of his life were spent at The Vintage in Lodi where he developed many friendships, especially his Chapel and ""Giant Fans"" buddies. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, one granddaughter, four sisters and three brothers. Survivors include his three children; Darold (Kathleen) Mehlhaff of Reno, Nevada, Philip (Diane) Mehlhaff of Big Horn, Wyoming, and Kathryn (Ron) Beckman of Lodi; as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private crypt side services will be at 10:00 a.m. at Cherokee Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lodi. A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2400 Oxford Way, Lodi. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at Lodi Funeral Home, 725 S. Fairmont Avenue, Lodi. Memorials may be made to the St. Peter Lutheran Church. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.