MEHEN Bernard J. Bernard J. Mehen, 88, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2007, in Kingston Residence of Sylvania. He was born in Wheeling, WV on September 19, 1918, to Bernard and Emma Mehen. Bernie was a graduate of the Wheeling High School class of 1938. He also graduated from the University of Tennessee Class of 1942 where he was a valuable member of the Basketball Team. He was awarded the honor of All American First Team for his skills and he was a lifetime member of the ATO fraternity. He served his country honorably during WWII and after his heroic service in Auckin Germany was awarded the distinguished Purple Heart. He went on to play professional basketball for the Youngstown Bears and the Toledo Jeeps. Before his retirement, Bernie was employed as a furniture salesman at the Lion Store in Toledo. He loved playing golf and was a member at the Riverby Golf Club. He was also a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lucille. They were married on May 31, 1942. Also surviving is his daughter, Sandy Beckett of Delaware, OH; granddaughters, Kelly (Erik) Middelthon of Westchester, OH, Tracey (James) O'Harra of Blacklick, OH; 5 great-grand-children and special friends, Cindy and Lee Parke. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Andrea Mehen Vande Vord and brother, Richard Mehen. The family will receive friends after 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2007, in the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 Sylvania Ave. where services will immediately follow beginning at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Make a Wish Foundation or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Bernie's family wishes to extend thanks to Cammie Turner for her special attention and to Hospice of Northwest Ohio and Kingston Residence of Sylvania for the excellent care that he received.
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Published in The Blade from May 13 to May 14, 2007.