Eugene Mehling, 90, Ferdinand

Eugene Mehling, 90, of Ferdinand, died Friday, July 10, at his home. He was born May 30, 1930, to John and Ida (Schum) Mehling. He married Imelda Buechler May 12, 1956, in St Anthony.

Eugene retired from Masterbrand after 19 years of employment. A lifetime farmer, he raised purebred Yorkshire hogs for breeding stock, was active in the 4-H program, and served as an officer for Dubois County Pork Producers. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, enjoyed time with family, wood crafts, bird watching, driving country roads, and checkers, and was a member of Christ the King Parish and its St. Joseph Sodality and the Ferdinand Community Center.

He is survived by his wife, Imelda Mehling; four sons, Richard Mehling and wife Jane, Huntingburg, Ernest Mehling and wife Judy, St. Anthony, Steve Mehrling and wife Jackie, Ferdinand, and Russell Mehling and wife Patty, Bristow; three daughters, Kathy Ernst and husband Jim, Huntingburg, and Ruth Paulin and husband Tony and Lisa Mullis and husband Gene, all of Ferdinand; son-in-law Kenny Rahman, Ferdinand; 16 grandchilden, Matthew, Ryan, Audrey, Shaun, and Janelle Mehling, April Gogel, Courtney Treese, Jason Ernst, Jessica Eckstein, Chris and Brian Rahman, Nick and Jarret Paulin, Angela Evitts, Ashley Lueken, Chad Mullis, Brandi Schultz, Audrey Russell, and Trevis Mattingly; 34 great-grandchildren; two sisters; Elfreida Hedinger and Sr. Beata Mehling; and one; brother, Harold Mehling and wife Linda.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Rita Rahman, one great-grandson, Rider, four brothers, Edwin, Oscar, Robert, and infant Sylvester Mehling; two sisters, Leona Becher and Alberta Begle, brothers-in-law Roman Becher, Herb Hedinger, and Othmar Begle, and sisters-in-laws, Marie Mehling, Annetta Mehling, and Ann Rach.

Friends may call from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at Donations can be made to Christ the King Parish or to a favorite charity. Funeral services at noon Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites