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LINCOLN -- Julian "Dunie" Menzel, 91,
of Lincoln, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Vonderlieth Living
Center, Mount Pulaski, where he had been a resident for several
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John
United Church of Christ in Lincoln, with the Rev. Richard
Burial will be in Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, with
military rites by American Legion Post 263.
Mr. Menzel had worked as a plumber and
steamfitter in the construction of schools,
hospitals and public buildings throughout the
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Forces.
He was born March 25, 1919, in Eminence Township.
His parents were Caroline Jaggi Menzel and Julius
Menzel. He married Elsie Komnick on Nov. 9, 1947, at
St. John the Baptist Chapel in Elkhart.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years and
nephews Harry E. Menzel of Kankakee, David Menzel of
Springfield, Michael Menzel of Williamsville and
Scott Menzel of Louisville, Ky. He was also the
beloved uncle of Lee Komnick of Lincoln, Richard
Smith and Kathy Frontiero, both of Dunedin, Fla.,
David Smith of Clearwater, Fla., and Barbara Smith
of Chattanooga, Tenn. Special to him was a friend,
Lori Reinwald of Colorado Springs, Colo. He enjoyed
the antics and accomplishments of his seven
great-nieces and nephews, Mike, Will, Kelly,
Michele, Mandi, Josh and Ryne, as well as five
great-great-nieces and nephews, Audrey, Abby, Adam,
Karson and Kane.
A brother, Harry W. Menzel, and a sister, Maxine
K. Menzel, preceded him in death.
He was a member of St. John United Church of
Christ, American Legion Post 263 and a 50-year
member of union Local 137.
For a number of years he was active in serving
"meals on wheels," and he particularly enjoyed
woodworking, fishing and model planes.
He was educated in the Lincoln public schools and
graduated from Lincoln Community High School in
He was inducted into the Army in 1942 and later
transferred to the Army Air Forces. He served 35
missions as a bomber pilot in World War II in the
China-Burma-India Theater with the Flying Tigers
unit, 11th Bomb Squadron, 14th Air Force. He
received the Air Medal.
Memorials may be given to St. John United Church
of Christ in Lincoln or to Smile Train at 41 Madison
Ave., 28th Floor, New York, NY 10010.
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