Earl Mengel

Earl Kenneth Mengel

Tuesday, January 5th, 1932 - Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
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E. Kenneth Mengel, 87, of Harrisburg, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at his home with his family by his side.

Born in Hummelstown on January 15, 1932, he was the son of the late J. Earl and Esther Nace Mengel.

Ken was a farmer. He was a 1950 graduate of the former Lower Paxton High School. Ken was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hoernerstown. He enjoyed tractors and fixing things. If anyone had farm equipment that did not work, they would “take it to Kenny Mengel”! He also enjoyed watching NASCAR.

Ken is survived by his wife, Irma I. Deimler Nye Mengel, whom he married on November 29, 2009; two sisters, Phyllis Mengel of Harrisburg, and Sandra Gingrich widow of Dale of Hummelstown; one brother, Dale Mengel husband of Carol of Mount Joy; five nephews and two nieces. He is also survived by a step-daughter, Stephanie A. Kimmel wife of Timothy W. of Hummelstown; a daughter-in-law, Carol A. Nye widow of his step-son, the late Steve E. Nye, of Ohio; and four step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren, brought into the family from his present marriage.

In addition to his parents and step-son, Ken was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou Weirick Mengel; and a sister, Lois Shiffer.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019, at 11:00 AM in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, followed by a celebration of Ken’s life at 11:30 AM. A private inurnment will be in Shenk’s Cemetery, Hershey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 158 South Hoernerstown Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036; or to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 11:00am - 11:30am
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
    Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc.
    114 West Main Street
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  • Service

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 11:30am
    Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc.
    114 West Main Street
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    The Rev. Martha S. Boyd
  • Interment

    Shenk's Community Church Cemetery
    Address Not Available
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Lori Hinkle

Posted at 05:26pm
I am saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. Both Mengel brothers were were so nice to the neighborhood children growing up. I grew up on 'Hummelstown Hill'. Kenny and Dale worked the fields, plowing and growing their crops, year after year we'd watch them plant and then harvest the corn and wheat and bale the hay and straw. We loved it. They'd even give us bales now and then to decorate at Thanksgiving time. What nice guys!! Always kind and considerate and would always take the time to stop and talk with us, they were never too busy to chat for a moment. Kenny and Dales parents can be proud in the way they raised them, the children of today could take lessons. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families during this time, we pray for God to wrap his loving arms around you and bring you comfort. Jeff and Lori Hinkle

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