Charles "Charlie" R. Mecking
September 12, 1932 - January 18, 2021
Charles "Charlie" Richard Mecking of Deland, FL, passed away on Monday morning, January 18, 2021, at John Knox Majestic Oaks, Orange City, FL.
Charlie was born on September 12, 1932 to Charles and Marie (Hammele) Mecking in Merrick, NY. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by granddaughter, Emily Mecking of Middletown, NY; his wife of 60 years, Arlene "Pat" (Trabold) Mecking of Deland FL; and his little sister, Virginia "Ginny" Hennig, of Pine Bush, NY.
Charles graduated from Wellington C. Mepham High School in North Bellmore, NY and after entering the U.S. Army in 1953, he studied automotive and diesel at the State University at Farmingdale, NY.
After college Charlie met Pat through mutual friends and on a date at her house, he won Pat, her mother, and sister over with his homemade apple pie. They married in Throggs Neck, NY on May 18, 1958. The young couple spent a year in Cincinnati OH, and eventually raised their family on Hennig Lane in Pine Bush for 34 years. He is a former volunteer fireman with the Pine Bush Hook & Ladder Company and was foreman at Wickes Lumber Co., Inc., Walden, NY. He was also a former Deacon at Graham's United Presbyterian Church, Pine Bush NY.
Charlie was a handyman and was highly in demand for his engineer-like thinking through the years. He was always fixing or building projects throughout his life; he even took up plastic canvas again at age 88. He was ahead the conservation movement as he built a solar cooker out of cardboard and tin foil in the 1970s (frying eggs in the sun). He also built from scratch an adapted fireplace insert (woodstove) in the 1980s.
After retiring from Pine Bush Central School District in 1994, he and Pat moved to Wildwood, FL. They spent 26 years enjoying their "little ranch house in the south." Pat and Charlie moved to DeLand in 2015 as Pat's health was failing and to move closer to family. Unfortunately, he lost Pat in October 2018.
Charles is survived by his three children: Karen Wixson (Jeff) of Deltona FL, Kenneth (Michele) Mecking of Middletown, NY, and Christine Bedell of Deland FL; six grandsons and one great-grandson; his wonderful sister-in-law, Nancy Perry; and devoted brother-in-law, William Hennig; and several nieces and nephews.
Many thanks go to the nursing staff at Majestic Oaks and Woodland Towers who took exceptional good care of him.
Services to honor his memory will be at 1 p.m. on May 18th at William M. Gagan Funeral Home, with interment to immediately follow at New Prospect Cemetery, Pine Bush, New York.
Arrangements are entrusted to William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc., 1525 Burlingham Road, Cty Rte 7, Pine Bush, NY 12566. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.wmgaganfuneralhome.com