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October 30, 1923 October 11, 2018
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Obituary for JOHN F. MEHLHOPE

John Frederick Mehlhope passed away October 11, 2018 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 30, 1923, he was the son of John F. Mehlhope, Sr. and Elizabeth (nee Adams) Mehlhope. The family moved to Wilmett, Illinois, where young John grew up and graduated from New Tier High School.

He went on to attend University of Oklahoma -Tulsa, School of Mining & Engineering, where he was drafted in his freshman year into the US Army, at age 19. He served in the Tank Destroyer Unit, rising in rank to Sergeant. He then applied, and was accepted into the US Army Air Corps Pilot Training Program, where he earned his Wings at the Rankin Academy. He expertly piloted Stearman aircraft and B-24 Bombers during WWII.

After he was Honorably Discharged, he entered Geo. Washington University and achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He came to Detroit and worked as an engineer for the M.P. Pump, Company, a manufacturer of marine pumps.

John’s major interests were in aviation, skiing, sailing, traveling and history. He sailed in several Port Huron to Mackinaw races, and also in the Trans Pacific California to Hawaii races. Most especially, John was an avid reader.

After marrying Mary Anne Demirjian, the happy couple traveled extensively. John leaves those exciting years to his loving wife and family as a memorable life, well lived.

In State October 24, 2018, Wednesday from 10am until time of Funeral Service at 11:00am in St. John Armenian Church, 22001 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48075. Interment in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.

The family suggests that memorial be sent to either St. John Armenian Church, in Southfield,
Or Wounded Warriors Family Support, 920 S 10th Ave; Souite 250, Omaha, NE 68114.

Beloved husband of Mary Ann (nee Demirjian) Mehlhope; brother of the late Margaret (the late Richard) Fernstrum; brother-in-law of John Demirjian, Lucienne (Jack) Arnold; uncle of Lee (Shirley) Fernstrum, David (Marilyn) Fernstrum, Thomas Fernstrum, Laura (Richard) Brossart, Kate (Tony) Botma; and also many other family members and friends.

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