Dale R. Mechling

Dale R. Mechling Jr., 69, of Bluffton, IN and having relatives in Huntington County, IN, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Mechling graduated from Norwell High School in 1970. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Navy during Vietnam, and was discharged in 1972. He worked at Gateway Restaurant in Markle for 22 years as a cook. He later worked at Peyton’s in Bluffton from 1996 to 2003.

He was born Nov. 2, 1949, in Bluffton to Dale R. Mechling Sr. and Nora Maddux Mechling. He married Mary K. Nix on Oct. 3, 2003, in Bluffton, and she survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Cantina Mechling and Celena Mechling, both of Fort Wayne; two sons, Johnathon Mechling and Jacob Mechling, both of Bluffton; five sisters, Myrtle Sallese, of Pennsylvania; Dee Mechling and Lillian Mechling, both of Huntington; Gelene Garton, of Bluffton; and Nancy Mechling-Garringer, of Markle; and three grandchildren.

Calling is Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home, 308 w. Washington St., Bluffton.

Memorial gifts may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.thomarich.com.