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Chris Robert Mechling

March 3, 1932 - September 28, 2018


Debra & Grace Brandsrud

Macau, China

My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Bob was the best friend and neighbor. His generosity and graciousness I will never forget. With much love and many heartfelt prayers. Debra & Grace

Beckie Geffre


Mechling Family, God bless you all as you celebrate the life of this very special man. Everyday for the past 3 years as I sit at my desk at the Sturgis Academy, I sit across from a placard that proudly bears Chris's name. 1970 Area Five Vocational Technical School, Board of Education. He was a wonderful man.

Bonnie Koch Picton

Longville, MN

So sorry for your loss. Chris was a great man.

Rick Little


My father figure and role model. Your positive outlook on life, service to our nation and community, and most importantly, your love of family and mankind, will ever be the gold standard for the rest of us to aspire to. A life well lived. Forever blessed in Heaven. Love, your Mexican son, Alfonso Enrique (Rick)

Bev Schaeffer

Black Hawk, SD

Kris, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I never met your Dad but know how special he was through stories you shared. God bless you all.

Patti Nequette-Goff


Kris,Shawn,and Todd, I am so sorry on the loss of your dad.They teach us so many unforgettable things that we don't realize because we use them everyday. When we realize who taught us something others would not know,raise your eyes to heaven and say thanks dad!

Frank Gilbert

Sioux city

Met Chris when I was appointed Navy Liaison to AG SD. My family knew him well when he taught in Buffalo. He was a straight shooter and the real deal. Glad I had chance to talk to his wife at church in August.

Sandy Schwan

Rapid City SD

Kris and Family, I was very sorry to learn that your Dad had passed away. The loss of a parent is a difficult journey. May your family give you comfort and your memories bring you peace. Sandy Schwan

Jim Watson

Meridian, ID

My prayers for Chris's family. Many memories of him and my Uncle Verne Doyle, down in the basement of the Armory. A great man.

Lana Hussey

Rapid City Sd

Kris, Shawn, Ruth and family, at this difficult time in your lives, I pray for each of you that God will grant you peace. No one can ever be prepared for the loss of your father and husband. Please accept my heartfelt condolences as words cannot express the sadness you all feel. I am sharing in your sorrow with love and frienship.Love you all so very much. Lana..

Mary Ann Yuill

Circle Pines

Dear Ruth, My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May God wrap this strong arms around you for comfort.

Mary Ellen

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know how much each of you loved your Dad and how much you all meant to him. It is so hard to lose a loved one, especially a parent, but the memories you have will last a lifetime.

Bud and Sharon Rank

Sturgis SD

Dearest Ruth and family Bud and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to you all! So sorry for your loss of Chris(Bob). He was such a nice guy and Bud remembers he and Bob joking around with each other while having a beer at the Vets club. Sorry we won’t be able to attend his service! Love and prayers to you all!

Ken Howell

West Jordan, Utah

It was a wonderful experience to serve with Bob for a few years on the Sturgis Library Board. He was a genuinely good and wise man, and a dedicated public servant. May his family find peace and comfort in Christ.

Larry Broel

Walla Walla, Washington

When I served in the National Guard (Jan 1956-June 1964) Bob was a Sargent then and was an excellent leader. Rest in Peace friend.