Lewis Mengle, 79, vet, golfer, apparel salesman

By on February 16, 2012

Lewis "Lew" Harold Mengle, 79, of Palm Springs, Calif., died unexpectedly Wednesday Feb. 1, 2012 at his home.

Born in Philadelphia on September 17, 1932 to the late Dr. Harold A. K. Mengle and Helen A Mengle Mitchell, of Ephrata, he graduated from Girard College in 1950.

Following graduation, he returned to Ephrata and enrolled at Franklin & Marshall College and studied for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and serving as the boom operator on the KC 135 Stratotanker. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for heroism relating to a mid-air refueling accident. Having been honorably discharged from the military, he began a career in sales representing the Ernie Sabayrac Company in Florida and later FootJoy as the West Coast representative selling golf apparel and accessories. He successfully participated in many amateur golf tournaments, capturing numerous titles and trophies and club championships. He enjoyed camping and traveling throughout the country to visit his many lifelong friends and extended family. He was an avid golfer, belonging to various country clubs on the West Coast. Having developed an interest in the American Indians as a young boy, living in the West gave him the opportunity to continue learning more. He will be remembered for his love of the game, his sense of humor and kindness and generosity.

In addition to his mother, Lew is survived by a sister: Linda Laukaitis-Pecorari, wife of John Pecorari, of Lancaster; two nieces: Kim (Laukaitis), wife of Brian Roche, of Lancaster; and Christine (Laukaitis), wife of Douglas Fake, of Lititz; two nephews: Joseph, husband of Jan (Mazzone) Laukaitis, of Burlington, Vt.; and Matthew, husband of Cynthia Laukaitis, Kirkland, Wash.; six grandnieces and nephews: Stephanie and Colby Pfister, Eleanor and John Laukaitis and Cameron and RJ Laukaitis; two aunts: Hilda Brown, of Hanover; and Barbara Ruth, of Greenville, N.C.; and numerous cousins.

His stepfather: Joseph John Mitchell, of Ephrata, predeceased him.

A celebration of Lew’s life will be held in Palm Springs in mid-March and in Lancaster on March 4 at 2 p.m. For information, send an e-mail to Lmmemorialhotmail.com.

Contributions in Lew’s memory may be made to Navajo Ministries, P.O. Box 1230, Farmington, NM 87499.

The Weifels Cremation and Funeral Services in Palm Springs, Calif., is serving the family.

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