William “Bill” Charles Mahle, 75, died on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Stillwater, Okla. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater, with Mike Chaffin officiating.
Bill was born in Peoria, Ill., on May 10, 1937, to Richard W. and Susan Orva (Nash) Mahle. He married Judy Ann Meeks in Lane, Ill. on Oct. 19, 1963.
Together they lovingly raised two children, and enjoyed almost 50 years of marriage. During his high school years, Bill worked on a variety of farms in the summers. Shortly after graduation, he joined the Navy, where he served for two years before being honorably discharged in 1962.
He eventually took a job with Caterpillar Tractor Company in East Peoria, Ill. He completed a mechanist’s apprenticeship, and moved on to working in office and management. Work led the family to the Davenport, Iowa, area, where they resided in Eldridge for 12 years, and then to Ada, Okla., and finally to Stillwater in 1984, where Bill acquired a position with Mercruiser. While in Eldridge, Bill a charter member of Eldridge United Methodist Church and was active in civic organizations.
Always a working man, he continued to work various jobs even after retirement. Bill was a member of the Elks Lodge, Lions Club and Freemasons. He loved woodworking and yard work, but most especially his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Mahle; son, Gregory Mahle, and wife Kelli; daughter, Angela (Mahle) Eppler, and husband Jimmy; grandchildren, Stephanie Eppler, Matthew Eppler, Kaden Mahle, Noah Mahle, and Taylor Mahle; and brother, John Mahle.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Judith Karman Hospice at P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076, or to the First United Methodist Church at 400 W. 7th, Stillwater, OK 74074.
Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.