Joseph “Joe” Mendel
October 28, 1955 ‒ March 20, 2020
After a long (and mostly silent) battle with diabetes and everything else that comes with it, Joe Mendel passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 6:30pm. Matt, Michelle, Rita, and his two dogs (Trey and Annie), were all with him as he passed. We are thankful that it was peaceful and that we could all be together. We all were able to tell him how much we loved him and we put on some Vince Gill (his favorite county singer) and some Motown music for him to listen to in his last moments. Music was always an important way for the Mendel family to bond so it only seemed right to have music playing while we were all together for the last time.
Born on October 28, 1955 in Rock Island County, Illinois to the late Joseph Francis Mendel and Frances “Rose” (Creen) Mendel, Joe graduated from high school and spent 1 year at Iowa State University.
He retired from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department after 15 years of service. Having an avid passion for motorcycles, he enjoyed taking many trips and especially planning them. When able, he also enjoyed working on them with his son. He enjoyed hunting and collecting Hot Wheels with his daughter and he loved the mountains, paranormal investigations and listening to and understanding music.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of almost 37 years, Rita (Wegmann); son, Joseph Matthew (Sarah Harker) Mendel of Roanoke, Virginia; daughter, Michelle Kathryn Mendel Price of Delaware; grandson, Jackson Edward Price aka “Action Jackson”; sister, Kathleen “Kathy” Thomas of Dublin; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and a host of friends.
All of us are doing as well as can be expected. Sadness comes in waves, we are remembering the good times we had, and missing him so much already.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware, where services celebrating Joe’s life will follow at 2:00 pm with Jeff Slider officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests each and every one to reach out … reach out and reconnect with a family member, friend, co-worker or acquaintance because tomorrow is not promised to anyone OR reach out to a cause that has special meaning to you.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Mendel family.
To share a fond memory of Joe or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
We love you, Joe. We will take care of each other and we hope you are at peace.