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Harold G Mischler, age 88, passed away peacefully, on Friday, June 29th, due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He was at home surrounded by his family.
Harold was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, on May 16, 1930, the only child of Glenn and Frances Mischler. He graduated from Meadville High School in 1948, and from the School of Modern Photography in New York City in 1950. He married Patricia Jean Shellito on May 26, 1951, at Grace Methodist Church in Meadville and they enjoyed 67 wonderful years of marriage.
Harold served his country in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955, stationed in Madison, Wisconsin. His career took him from Pennsylvania to Utah in 1965, where he retired as a branch chief at Hill Air Force Base in January 1986, after 35 years of service.
As an active member of First United Methodist Church in Ogden for over 50 years, Harold served in numerous administrative positions including Chairman of the Finance Committee and Memorial Committee, an Usher, and was instrumental in the decade-long re-location and construction of the church to Marriott-Slaterville in 2008.
Harold was a member of the Masonic Fraternity for 50+ years and served as Worshipful Master of Unity Lodge #18 in 1979, Grand Chaplain of Grand Lodge in 1998, and a Trustee of the Ogden Masonic Temple Board. Harold was the recipient of the prestigious Hiram Award in 2006. He was a member of the Ogden York Rite Bodies, El Kalah Shrine, Past Associate Bethel Guardian of Bethel #14, and a founding member of the El Kalah Klunkers and their Camper Club.
He also volunteered weekly for over 20 years at the Ogden Rescue Mission, and as a team volunteer at the curling venue during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games.
After raising 3 kids and retiring, Harold & Pat traveled extensively over the past 30 years; including 2 trips to Alaska, a European tour, attending the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and many trips around the US, including numerous yearly trips to California and Missouri to see family and friends.
As a professionally trained and accomplished photographer, he enjoyed being behind the camera everywhere they traveled, leaving his family with an extensive collection of his fine art photography of their travels. His other interests included hunting, camping, & genealogy, but always with a camera, so he could capture and record the many memorable trips.
Harold is survived by his loving wife Patricia, their daughter Karen, and sons’ David and Michael (William Coveny); his granddaughter’s Kalyn and Kendra Thompson in Missouri, his grandson Brandon Mischler (Dionne), and two great-grandchildren Alexandra (9) and Gabriel (6) in California.
The family would like to thank Applegate HomeCare and Hospice and specifically Rochell, Jessica, and Laura for their compassionate and personal end of life care.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary and Aultorest Memorial Park, 836-36th Street, Ogden, Utah. Graveside services will follow the service. Family will receive friends and guests on Friday evening, July 6, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake or the Ogden First United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levittsmortuary.com