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PONTIAC — Joseph D. Mehrkens, 74, of Pontiac, died at 8:34 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 11, 2019) at Good Samaritan Home, Pontiac.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac. A reception will follow the service at the church. The Rev. Tom Goodell will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac. Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Fairbury, son of John D. and Miriam L. Leonhardt Mehrkens. He married Peggy J. Sutter on Sept. 14, 1963, in Bloomington. She survives in Pontiac.

Also surviving are children, Mark (Kim) Mehrkens, Brad (Kara) Mehrkens and Nicole (Matt) Blaetz, all of Pontiac; grandchildren, Maddie Mehrkens, Lauren Mehrkens, Alex Blaetz, Andrea Mehrkens, Seth Mehrkens, Samantha Mehrkens and Emmie Blaetz; great-grandchild, Avery Mae Van Waes; and brothers, Paul S. Mehrkens, Mackinaw, and Michael (Darla) Mehrkens, Roanoke, Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John D. Mehrkens Jr.

He was a graduate of Fairbury-Cropsy High School, Class of 1963. Joe started his career at the Fairbury Blade and later worked for the Daily Leader in Pontiac. In January 1978, he purchased Donnell’s Printing and Office Products in Pontiac, which is still family owned and operated to this day.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pontiac. Joe was a past member of the Pontiac Moose and member of the Pontiac Elks Club. He was a Pontiac Junior Baseball Coach for many years and was known for his catch phrase, “Howdy, sports fans.” He was proud to be the printer of the annual Pontiac Holiday Tournament program since 1978 and was once honored as the recipient of the Fan Appreciation Award.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be made to the family at duffyfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook.

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