Joe Mendel, 59, of Ava died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at his residence. The visitation
will be 10:00 AM Saturday, June 3 in the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day
Saints in Ava. The funeral will be a 11:00 AM in the church with Elder Frank Potter and
Reverend Darrell Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Ava.
Roland Joseph Mendel was born Wednesday, September 18, 1957 in Independence, MO
to R.J. and Delphia (Wright) Mendel. He attended the William Chrisman High School and
graduated in the class of 1976. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and became an
aviation mechanic stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base AR. After two year in the
service, he went back to Independence and worked at ACE Pipe Company. He met
Maggie Newton in 1978 and they were married January 27, 1979 in Independence. Joe
attended Longview Community College for auto mechanics. After college, he bought his
own shop: Englewood Engine and Machine Shop. He became an expert on engines and
built his own dirt track car. In the early 80's he operated a dairy farm. He and Maggie
moved to Douglas County. He worked in farming and owned and operated his own
trucking company for twelve years. In 2005 he worked hauling gas until he retired in
Joe was a good example to all. He was an excellent advisor, big-hearted, caring, and
giving and had a great sense of humor. He loved making others smile. He was outgoing,
very loyal and was often strong-willed, straight forward and determined. He lived for his
family and grandchildren. He also loved teaching them to hunt and fish. He had a
special passion for fishing, hunting, boating, dirt track racing, and Kansas City Chiefs
football. He was a member of the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
He is survived by his wife, Maggie of Ava; a son Danny Joe Mendel and wife, Shannon
of Ava; father, R.J. Mendel of Ava; a sister Karen Burton and husband, Brian of
Independence; five grandchildren, Lauren, Zachary, Blayne, Sara and Khale.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Delphia Mendel; grandparents, Edna and Cecil
Wright, Virgil and Claudia Mendel.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home,
Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home
15945 U.S. Hwy 160
Forsyth, MO. 65653
"There is a Difference"
Mr. Roland "Joe" Mendel
September 18, 1957 - May 31, 2017