Donald L. Mensch, 82, Korea vet, mechanical engineer at Tyco Electronics, active at Jerusalem Lutheran

By on March 22, 2017

Donald L. Mensch, 82, of Rothsville, died peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Landis Homes Retirement Community.

Born in Natalie, he was the son of the late Walter G. and Mildred A. Yocum Mensch. Donald was the loving husband of Elaine M. Sherman Mensch, and they observed their 61st wedding anniversary in November.

Don received an associate’s degree in engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus; and worked as a mechanical engineer for Harley-Davidson, York and Tyco Electronics Corporation, Harrisburg, until his retirement. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Don was a very active and faithful member of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rothsville; where he served on the church council, and was the treasurer of both the church and cemetery. He was a member of the Rabbit Hillers Seniors Group. For more than 37 years Don helped with VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. He taught adult education classes in machine design at J.P. McCaskey in Lancaster. During the Harvest Days celebration, Don would demonstrate cider making at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. His interests included: travel, collecting trains, and attending auctions.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Elaine, are three daughters: Melinda, wife of Harold Jackson, of Honey Brook; Judi Becker of York; Diane, wife of Randy Kauffman, of Lititz; a son: Kurt, husband of Erin Mensch, of Lafayette, Colo.; seven grandchildren: Hilary Jackson, wife of Brian Mork; Wyatt Jackson; Andrew Becker; Adam Kauffman; Naomi Kauffman; Emily Mensch; and Tara Mensch.

Preceding him in death are four brothers: Billie, Ken, Aldon, and Robert Mensch.

Services were held March 18 at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rothsville. Interment followed in the adjoining church cemetery.

Those desiring may send contributions in Don’s memory to: Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 36 Church St., Rothsville, PA 17543.

To send the family online condolences, visit Buch Funeral Home, Lititz, had charge of the arrangements.

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