Harold Eugene Mezger 1921 - 2017
Harold Eugene Mezger was born April 13, 1921 in Topeka. He was the fifth of seven children of Christian and Freda (Hauer) Mezger and passed on August 22 in Lawrence at Presbyterian Manor. He was raised in Raymond on the family farm, graduated from Langdon High School, then served in the United States Army in WWII as a radar operator. He married Inez Lawellin, the love of his life, on January 14, 1944. Harold worked in several jobs after the war before settling in Wichita and joining Cities Service Pipeline Company (later Williams Brothers), where he retired after 37 years of service. He was a longtime member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church and later Mount Vernon United Methodist Church. He was active in Boy Scouts for many years. He was a carpenter and handyman around the house, enjoyed gardening and growing beautiful irises and tomatoes. He loved basketball, playing at Langdon High School, coaching church youth teams, and watching the Wichita State Shockers. Most of all, he loved his family. Harold was preceded in death by Inez, his devoted wife of 68 years, as well as his parents and siblings; Lawrence Mezger, Clara Creed, Carl Mezger, Art Mezger, Ralph Mezger and Minnie Gaston. He is survived by daughter Dee Ann Mezger (George Berlin) of Lawrence; daughter Dena Mezger of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; son David Mezger (Robin Stojanova) of Kansas City, Mo.; grandson David Zanoni (Sarah) of Lee’s Summit, Mo; and great grandsons, Logan and Nolan Zanoni. Services are scheduled for Friday, September 1, beginning 1:30 p.m. at Old Mission Mortuary, 3424 East 21st Street, Wichita. Interment will follow at Old Mission Cemetery. He will be deeply mourned and forever missed. Memorial gifts may be made to Mount Vernon United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Association.