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Chris Robert “Bob” Mechling

Chris Robert “Bob” Mechling

Chris Robert Mechling

- October 1, 2018

Chris Robert “Bob” Mechling (Brigadier General, US Army, Ret.), 86, Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly on September 28, 2018.

Chris was born to Charles Mechling and Mary Jensen on March 3, 1932, in Faith.  The family lived in Sturgis from 1938-1941, moved to California to work in the shipyards during WWII, and finally back to Sturgis in 1947.  After graduating from Sturgis High School, Chris served in the Korean War from 1950-1952.  After the war, he attended Black Hills State College earning a BS Ed in 1955.

Chris taught school and coached both at Buffalo and Sturgis for several years prior to accepting a full-time position with the South Dakota National Guard.  He spent 45 years in the army uniform working his way to the ultimate rank of Brigadier General.  Chris was a proud military man through and through.

As a lifetime resident of Sturgis, Chris practiced a strong civic duty.  He sat on many boards: Park, Library, School, Water, Industrial Development; as well as serving 6 years as the Mayor of Sturgis.  He was a club member: Lions, Elks, and Kiwanis.  He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the National Guard Association of the U.S., the Retired Officers Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Boulder Canyon Country Club, and the Grace Lutheran Church.  He will miss Sturgis and Sturgis will miss him.

Chris married Ruth Thompson in 1953.  They raised 5 children: Mark, Kelly Magdanz (Thomas), Todd (Michelle), Kris Little (Rick), and Shawn.  He loved his 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  He is survived by the above and his brother, Paul.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, John (Bill) and James.

Viewing and visitation will be held at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Wednesday, October 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating.  Burial, with military honors, will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Memorials have been established to the American Cancer Society and to Grace Lutheran Church.

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