Donald R. Mehling, 51, Ferdinand

Donald R. Mehling, 51, of Ferdinand, died Monday, February 25, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg November 2, 1967, to Jerome and Marcella (Rickelman) Mehling. He married Jan E. Knight July 20, 1996, at Lincoln Boyhood Chapel.

Donald was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, a 1996 graduate of Forest Park High School.. He was employed at Hardees until his illness. His hobbies were sports, coin collecting, and playing Yahtzee.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jan E. Mehling; one son, Donnie P. Mehling, and one daughter, Kelsey E. Mehling both at home; four sisters, Rebecca Mehling and husband Doug Reeder and Donna White and husband Larry, all of Columbus, Ohio, Elaine Schipp and husband George, Ferdinand, and Carol Mehling and husband Don Loehr, Evansville; two brothers, Jim Mehling and wife Sue Ellsperman and Bill Mehling and wife Sharon, all of Ferdinand; his mother-in-law, Mary Knight, Birdseye; sister-in-law Judy Froman and husband Scott, Eckerty; brother-in-law Jim Knight and wife  Vicki, Celestine; 13 nieces and nephews; and 13 great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Partick Mehling, and his father-in-law, Kenneth Knight.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society or The Easter Seals Rehabilitation Services in Evansville. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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