Berthold Walter Mehling
December 12, 1925 - September 2, 2017
Janis Sylvia Mehling
February 5, 1929 - September 17, 2017
Bert was born in Hayden, Montana, the tenth of 16 children to Jacob and Eva Elizabeth (Michel) Mehling. When Bert was a new baby, his family moved to Granger, Washington with the goal of placing their children in the Seventh-Day Adventist school. Bert continued his schooling by working his way through the church high school boarding school. He then served in WWII as a medic on a hospital ship. Upon returning, he resumed studies at Walla Walla College. He became an accountant and managed a medical group in Roseburg, Oregon. Bert and Janis married in 1991 combining their large families. They enjoyed many years traveling across country and joining in family activities. Bert loved his large family, his church, an everyday crossword puzzle done in ink, and a good Mariner’s baseball game. Bert’s steadfast love, protection, and continued devotion to his sweetheart, Janis, will always be an amazing example of his vow to be there for her during sickness and health.
Janis was a yellow rose of Texas, born in El Paso to John and Magdalen Crozier. The family moved to Winslow Arizona where she graduated from high school. Janis was an incredibly hard worker doing many jobs. She retired from Rogue Valley Medical Center after working 26 years in the business office. Her last job was as a caregiver at age 83. She would proudly tell people she still had a job and it was taking care of the elderly. Janis was known for her passionate love and devotion to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She attended any event in which they were involved, being there for all of them in joy and in sorrow. She backpacked, climbed mountains (Mt. McLoughlin at age 72), hiked, rafted, and ziplined at age 86. She could always talk her grandsons into a class five river trip even though she couldn’t swim. Her motto in outdoor endeavors and through medical treatment in later years was: “Take ten steps, rest and then keep on going.” Janis had such a beautiful heart. She was strong-willed, adventurous, and passionately loyal to her family. Her strong faith in God carried her through life. She rejoiced in all the good times and during the tough times believed everything would pan out if you trusted in the Lord.
Janis and Bert’s children from their combined families are Vickie (Jim) Grantland, Randy (Yolanda) Shaw, Delmer (Karen) Shaw (both deceased), Judy Bixler, Linda (Ed) Cochrane, Shariann Crittenden, and Matt (Michelle) Mehling, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They are also survived by their sisters, Joyce Griffen, Vera Robertson, Clara Toews, and Lillian (Helmut) Stutz; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Interment for both Bert and Janis will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery at a later date.