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SS Peter and Paul Church
Friday January 8th, 2021
9:30am - 10:50am

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Immaculate Conception Church
Friday January 8th, 2021

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Dale J. Mehrtens

Dale J. Mehrtens, 89, of Columbia, IL, formerly of Valmeyer, died January 2, 2021, in Columbia, IL. He was born October 15, 1931, in Valmeyer, IL.

He is survived by his children Denise (Joseph) Leiteritz, Dana (Roger) Sherman, Brian (Robyn) Mehrtens, Suzy (Dennis) Homrighausen, Cindy (Scott) Roever; grandchildren Jacob Zollner, Klaire (Patrick) Schatz, Blaise Arriaga, Kristi, Kyle, and Kory Sherman, Annette (Jon Stone) Glotfelty, Elijah (Ivy) Mehrtens, Isaiah (Anna) Mehrtens, Josiah Mehrtens, Ryan Homrighausen, Samuel, Madeline, and Lillian Roever; sister Shirley (Donald) Mehrmann; sister-in-law Elizabeth Mehrtens; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Dale is preceded in death by his wife Wilma R. Mehrtens (nee Stilts); parents Emil A. & Emma K. (nee Kruse) Mehrtens; sisters Delphine (Gilbert) Pape, and Esther (Roland) Schmidt; brother Gene Mehrtens; and sister-in-law Verna Mehrtens.

He was a lifelong farmer, founded Mehrtens Crop Insurance Agency with his late wife (Wilma), member of Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, IL, Knights of Columbus (68 years), founding member of Valmeyer Knights of Columbus, lifetime Farm Bureau  member, charter member Maeystown Sportsman's Club, former Valmeyer School Board member, Republican Precinct Committeeman, former Commissioner for Columbia Levee District, lifelong Kloepper player and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Immaculate Conception Church - Columbia
St. Mary Church - Valmeyer
or Alzheimer's Association

9:30 AM until time of Mass Friday, January 8, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Church
Funeral Mass:
11 AM Friday, January 8, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, IL
Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating
Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia, IL

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Mr. Mehrtens,

Unfortunately, I never had the privilege to meet you, I feel like I know you through Suzy. She was always telling us how wonderful her parents were. You and your wife raised a beautiful girl in Suzy. I cannot tell you how proud I am of her honesty and loyalty and the goodness in her.

Rest In Peace Mr Mehrtens, You and your wife were Angels on Earth and now in Heaven

Debby Zukosky Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you for the kind words, Wendy! That means a lot!!!!!

Dana Sherman Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

I will always remember your dad's chuckle and smile with the slight tilt of his head. He and my dad had many days together working with the levee district! Your dad was a trooper and was filled with so much love through his family. You all share his chuckle and I am sure you will all carry him forever in your heart. Prayers to all of you!

Wendy Henke Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM