A longtime Indiana insurance man has passed away.
William G. Mechling, the namesake of the Mechling insurance agency, died on Thursday after a four year bout with cancer. Mechling started in the insurance industry in 1961 with a degree in Insurance and Liability Law from the University of Pittsburgh, and was employed by Erie Insurance as a claims adjuster, field man and commercial district manager. After five years, he took an opportunity to purchase the Erie Insurance Agency from Margaret “Peg” Allison and that became the William G. Mechling Insurance Agency, which has run for the last 56 years.
Before his time in the insurance industry, Mechling served in the US Marine Corps. He completed schooling in electronics and served as an aircraft electrician at bases in the US, Cuba, and at sea on the USS Coral Sea. Upon his honorable discharge in 1956, he had earned the Navy Occupation Medal for Europe, The National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
His public service continued in his post-military career, serving of the Selective Service System; the Lions Club where he was one of the original board members for Lions Health Camp; and was active as a Sunday School Superintendent, member of church council and a pastoral search committee member at Zion Lutheran Church.
Visitation is planned for Sunday at Robinson-Lytle-Shoemaker Funeral Home, with services to be held the next day at Zion Lutheran Church. To read his obituary, click here.
Mechling died one day after his 88th birthday.