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Friday, April 16, 2010

Fred J. Mencer, 86, of Winchester Place, Horicon, Wisconsin

HORICON, Wis. - Fred J. Mencer, 86, of Winchester Place went to his heavenly home on Tuesday (April 13, 2010).

Born Feb. 17, 1924, in East Smethport, Pa., he was a son of Archie L. and Edna M. Ferman Mencer. On Sept. 30, 1955, at the Baptist Temple in Oshkosh, he married the former Corinne F. Wickman, who predeceased him Oct. 27, 2004. They had met at the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Mr. Mencer received Jesus Christ as his Savior on Aug. 17, 1947, while hitchhiking. A man stopped to give him a ride and witnessed to him about the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

He served with the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946 in England, France and Germany.

He attended Clarion (Pa.) State College in 1946; Washington Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., in 1947; he graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, N.Y., in 1951; and from Wheaton College in 1952. In 1956, he graduated with a master's degree in theology from the Dallas Theological Seminary and in 1963 graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a master's degree in library science.

Mr. Mencer and his wife were appointed as missionary candidates to the Belgian Congo under Baptist Mid-Missions in 1956, but the development of family health problems prevented them from pursuing the vocation.

He worked as a librarian in Ashland from 1963 to 1965, at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire from 1965 to 1970 and was director of Dodge County Library Service from 1970 until his retirement in 1990.

Mr. Mencer was a member of Calvary Bible Church in Fond du Lac and enjoyed his ministry in Gideons International. He taught Bible study at the Waupun Correctional Facility from 1980 to 1984, was a life member of the Wisconsin Library Association in Madison, member and past president of the Beaver Dam Kiwanis Club, was active in the Boy Scouts of America having reached the level of Eagle Scout, and he enjoyed the outdoors, camping, swimming and hiking.

Surviving are a daughter, Grace (Anton) Hughes of Mayville; two granddaughters, Becky Hughes and Rachael (Matthew) Riel; a brother, Robert (Helen) Mencer of Hamburg, N.Y.; cousins in Smethport and Rochester, N.Y.; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a grandson, Tony Hughes; a brother, Donald Mencer; a sister, Dolores Mencer; and a cousin, Judge Glenn Mencer, formerly of Smethport.

Friends may call at the Calvary Bible Church, 70 E. Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac, on Friday (April 16, 2010) from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at which time funeral services will be held with Pastor Ken Kramer officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International.

Arrangements are under direction of the Mach Funeral Chapel in Fond du Lac.
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