Sep. 22, 1932 Highland Park Lake County Illinois, USA
Sep. 19, 2010 Rhode Island, USA
Donald C. Mehrtens, 77, passed away Sept. 19, 2010. He was born in Highland Park, Illinois, September 22, 1932, son of Carl and Eunice (Long) Mehrtens. Don was a 1950 Morton High School Graduate in Cicero, Illinois, with additional two years of electronics schooling. He was a resident of Burrillville for 55 years. Married to Patricia [Zifchock] Mehrtens and was father of three children. Donna Mehrtens Ghirardello of Sandrigo, Italy and her husband, Denis. Thomas Mehrtens of North Attleboro, MA and his wife, Shannon. John Mehrtens of Auburn, MA and his wife, Lisa, and grandfather of Kyle and Alanna Mehrtens and Kevin Ghirardello. Don was survived by his sister, Mayrene (Mehrtens) Negley of Carson, CA.
Don was retired from the Army Defense Department, Civil Service, after 36 years where he served as Operations Manager and General Foreman at Fort Devens, MA. Upon retirement he received the Department of the Army Commanderís Award for Civilian Service plus various other service awards. He previously served in the United States Air Force for four years and then with the Rhode Island National Guard as Guided Missile, Executive, Training, and Communications Officer and was a Chief Warrant Officer when he left the service.
Don was a member of the Harrisville Fire District since 1992 and was Chairman for the last 15 years. He updated many aspects of that organization with new buildings, new water tanks, etc.
He was a member of the Burrillville Lions Club for 21 years and Treasurer for 18. As Treasurer Don was involved with all aspects of fund-raising for the Lions. Don also was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Humanitarian Award. He also was a 51 year member of the Pascoag Council, Knights of Columbus, member of the Burrillville Republican Town Committee and the Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society. Don was elected to the Burrillville Town Council in 1988 and served for two terms.
As EMA Director for the Town of Burrillville for 13 years retiring in 2005, he organized classes for Emergency Management personnel for the Town of Burrillville and set up a system of volunteers to be used in case of a local Emergency.
Don was an active member of St. Patrickís Catholic Church in Harrisville, RI. Don was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.