Joseph “Joe” Mendel

October 28, 1955 ‒ March 20, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

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.

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We love you, Joe. We will take care of each other and we hope you are at peace.

  • Thoughts and prayers from Rhonda and myself. So sorry for your loss. Joe was a very special person who always made you smile. So honored to have worked with him at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and to be able to call him my Brother. I remember the look on his face when Rhonda and I presented him a trophy for his car that he had in a car show. See you on the other side Joe.

  • Sending you all so much love, hugs and prayers… I have been blessed over the years to have the Mendel family in my life in many ways. You are all such a blessing to me and Thank you for sharing Joe with me. He definitely made a younger version of me feel welcomed and not so scared when I started at DCSO… love you all….

  • Rita, we are thinking and praying for your family. You guys have been apart of our family for along time. We love you guys as family. Take care love the Gaines’

  • Joe was a great guy and dedicated Deputy, and a pleasure to work with. He treated everyone with respect from the inmates to the staff in the jail. RIP, Joe, so sorry Rita and family.

  • Rita, Michelle and Matt,

    Deep condolences and Reiki blessings .

    He is free of pain and suffering.

    May you live and love in his memory.He will live on in all you shared.
    You are loved by so many.

    Blessings,Love & Light

  • Rita, prayers to you and your family. Many good times with Joe riding horses with Mounted Deputies and trail riding. God Bless all of you.

  • Rita, I’m sorry for your loss. Sending my thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • R I P Joe Mendel It was my honor to have known you and work you. I remember fondly the time we spent together in a Sheriff’s cruiser.
    I had to privilege to watch you grow into the Deputy that so many people are telling stories about. I sure could tell a few myself. But as we agreed some are just best left between you and I.
    God bless your family. God speed my friend. Enjoy your heavenly ride’s

  • Prayers are sent to the Mendel family. May God be with each of you during this difficult time.

  • Rita and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Joes passing. We were cousins on my Dads side ( Patty Creen), and I have fond memories of our childhood on the occasions we saw each other in Moline.
    I am keeping you all in my prayers. May he Rest In Peace!
    Patty Creen Speir
    March 24, 2020

  • Rita and family, we are so sorry for your family and the loss of Joe. Sending you
    Prayers and love,
    Hugs, J and Suzanne Hike

  • Many condolencrs to the family from a brother Deputy Sheriff. Rest well my brother, we shall meet again.

  • Rita and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. I too have fond memories of a summer spent with the Mendel’s in Moline…cousins “Joey” and Kathy…and the old player piano in the basement (my home that summer). We used to all gather around it to listen and sing…no doubt contributing to Joe’s love of music!
    May Joe rest in Peace and Love.
    Bill Creen

  • Rita, Michelle & Matt:
    I’m so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My sisters and I have such fond memories of your family visiting Moline when we were kids. Joe’s presence always livened things up! My grandma is so very sad to lose her nephew. He was very, very special to her. And my mom & Aunt Pat have great memories from their childhood with Joe & Kathy. Take good care in this difficult time and know that you are in our hearts & prayers.
    Rachel (Ford) Childs

  • Our Condolences from the Ruffing family. Your family and ours have crossed and led parallel paths for all our kids’ lives and it has always been great when we do. Joe (and Rita) have always been the kind of law officers we all need and it’s always too bad when one dies young. Everyone who knows Joe will miss Joe, especially Delaware Countians and us. RIP.

  • Rita and Family,

    Words cannot express the sorrow we feel when a loved one passes. Take comfort in the thought of how many lives Joe touched over the years. I will always remember him for his laugh and demeanor when telling stories. It was an honor to serve with him in our law enforcement profession. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Joe on the road patrol when I started at the sheriff’s office in 1998. What I remember mostly fondly about Joe were the great conversations we had. He was great at listening, understanding and give advice on almost every life situation you could find yourself in. Always, quick with a joke or sarcastic comment is another thing that endeared Joe to me. My condolences to Rita and the family. Thanks for all the great advice Joe…RIP