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Joel Mekolites

April 29, 1969 - December 16, 2021

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Joel Mekolites, age 52, gained his wings at 11:44 AM on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

He was born on April 29, 1969, in Lima to Joe Mekolites, who preceded him in death on January 30, 2018 and Randa (Hammell) Mekolites, who survives in Lima. On September 18, 1992, he married Julie Stechschulte, who survives in Lima.

Joel worked as a roofer for 30 years, following in his dad and his Uncle John’s footsteps. He also built and painted many beautiful motorcycles. He was a relaxed and laid back man and when he loved, he loved with his whole heart.

There was never a dull moment around Joel, as he was always razzing someone about something. He loved his kids and his wife but most importantly his dog, Gracie. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, his younger daughter and friends shooting their .22 long rifle guns. Joel also enjoyed his donuts, snacks and Diet Dr. Pepper.

Surviving in addition to his loving wife Julie Mekolites are his daughters MacKenzie and Kaeli Mekolites of Lima and his sister Jodi (Arby) McDaniel.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Mekolites and his in-laws, Gerald “Steck” and Grace Stechschulte.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL.

The family would like to invite everyone to come dressed casually and masks are optional at the visitation. Please be respectful of others if you aren’t feeling well, maintain safe social distances with a request from the family that masks be worn if you are feeling ill.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Ride, (Joel’s Journey) for family and friends in memory of Joel will be held in the Spring or Summer at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family for the Celebration Ride to be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at chiles-lamanfh.com.


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