Ralph Mengel

  • "Very sad to see the passing of Ralph. He lived a fulfilling..."
    - Renee Shollenberger, Bressler

Ralph L. Mengel, 91, of Hamburg, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Keystone Villa, Fleetwood. He was the husband of Ruth C. (Fahnauer) Mengel. They were married September 18, 1948, and recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.

Born in Hamburg, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Irene S. (Balthaser) Mengel.

He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1945. Ralph was a lifelong member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran during World War II.

Ralph attended Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, where he took traffic management courses. He started working as a shipping clerk at the former Price Battery, which became General Battery and finally was Exide, Hamburg, eventually becoming a plant controller at the Laureldale Plant. He worked there for 42 years before retiring in 1989.

Ralph was the last surviving member of the committee that began the Hamburg American Legion Community Ambulance Service. He served on the board of directors as president, and as a volunteer driver and operations

secretary for 20 years.

After retirement, he served as a volunteer income tax preparer at Berks County Senior Citizens Council for 14 years. He was a member of the Reading Traffic Club and Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity.

Years ago, Ralph helped to design and construct floats for Hamburg PTA for the King Frost Parade, and served on the SOS (Save Our Swimming) Committee in Hamburg in 1975.

Ralph enjoyed cooking and hiking. He especially enjoyed hiking on the Canadian Rockies. Ralph loved his family more than anything, and was a great father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by two sons, Randall C., husband of Lori (Schantzenbach) Mengel, Hamburg; and Rafe C., husband of Maryann (Bachman) Mengel, Windsor Twp.; a daughter, Rachelle L. (Mengel), wife of Dean Shollenberger, Harleysville; seven grandchildren: Melissa, Nathan, husband of Lauren, and Justin Mengel; Amy and Austin, husband of Laura, Shollenberger; and Marlee (Mengel), wife of Emil Vakar; and Rayna Mengel.

He was predeceased by twin sons in 1955; and a brother, George I. Mengel.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. from Leibensperger Funeral Homes Inc., 65 S. 4th St., Hamburg (off-street parking in rear). Burial will

follow in St. John's Cemetery, Hamburg. A viewing will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 99 Church St., Hamburg, PA 19526, or Animal Rescue League of Berks County, 58 Kennel Road, Birdsboro, PA 19508.

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Published in Reading Eagle on Jan. 9, 2019
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