Ammon W. Mengel, 94
August 1, 1926 - February 17, 2021
Ammon W. Mengel, 94, died peacefully February 17, 2021 at Brethren Village, Lititz. Born in Breinigsville, PA on August 1, 1926, he was the son of William A. Mengel and Elverta Lohrman Mengel. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 70 years, Kathleen (Koch) Mengel and his great-granddaughter, Sasha Marie Mekinda.
Ammon was the loving father of Hannah (John) Bartges, William (Jane) Mengel, Robert (Donna) Mengel, and Eileen Neunaber, and was the adoring grandfather of Kristin (Seth) Brennan, Lauren (Brian) Englum, Megan (Jonathan) Mekinda, David (Claudia) Bartges, Jessica Mengel, Robert (Caterina) Mengel, Eric Neunaber, Katherine Neunaber, Andrew Mengel, and John Mengel. He was very proud of his great-grandchildren, Lucy, Moira, Paxton Taran, Madison, MaKenah, Patrick, Emil, and Ada.
He is also survived by his brother, Forrest (Nancy) Mengel.
Ammon enlisted in the Army when he was 18, serving 2 years with the 254 th Infantry in the European theater during World War II. Following the end of the war in Europe he served in the 6817 th Special Services Band that supported USO shows starring such luminaries as actor Ned Glass. Post war he was an official observer at the Nuremburg Trials. Among other commendations, his service earned him the World War II Victory Medal.
In 1951 Ammon graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now the University of the Sciences) and he worked as a compounding pharmacist at Keipers’ Pharmacy in Allentown, Pennsylvania for 43 years. While raising his family in Allentown, Ammon was active at Christ United Church of Christ, Schoenersville where he served as a deacon, an elder, a member of the choir and a member of the Building Committee.
Ammon and Kathleen spent the last ten years of their lives a Brethren Village where they participated in the faith community there and Ammon was a member of the choir.
We will miss Ammon’s patient and gentle presence, his infectious laugh and the twinkle in his eye, countless backrubs given, and Tootsie Rolls shared.
The family would like to thank the staff of Brethren Village, particularly those who work in the Courtyards, for the loving care given to Ammon during the last two years of his life. He was truly part of a caring family there, particularly during the time of Covid. We look forward to a celebration of Ammon’s life at a safer time. Interment will be private. If you wish to honor Ammon’s memory, please consider a gift to Brethren Village Samaritan Fund.
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Condolences to the Family
March 08, 2021
Dear Eileen and family,
I’m so very sorry for the loss of your father. I truly wish I had been fortunate enough to meet him, although I feel like I know him, through you. What a special man he was, and what a wonderful life he led! I know you will all miss him so much, but treasure the time you had with him, and know that he will always be with you. Thinking of you at this difficult time. love,
February 22, 2021
Dear Hannah, Bill, Bob, and Eileen,
Along with sympathy, I’m sending admiration and respect for Ammon and for your family. Many fine stories of his love and caring were shared by Kathleen in the Brethren Village Life Story Writers Group. Ammon’s obituary added even more rich details.
February 21, 2021
Hannah, Bill, Bob and Eileen,
We are sorry for the lost of your beloved Father. We will always remember his gentle and quiet nature. What a wonderful life he had! May his soul rest in peace. Prayers for all of you.
Catherine Urban, Mary (urban)Mangan, Alice (urban) Fowler and Jane Urban
February 21, 2021
Dear Hannah and family..
Sincere condolences to you all. Cherish your memories and find comfort and peace in your friend and family.