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Vidal Mendez
April 28, 1928 - June 3, 2020

Vidal Mendez, 92, of Oelwein passed away Wednesday June 3, 2020.  Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Monday June 8, 2020 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will be private.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein with Military Honors by the American Legion Post 9 of Oelwein.  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Joseph Vidal Mendez was born in Oelwein on April 28, 1928 to parents Frank and Juana (Rodriguez) Mendez.  He graduated from Oelwein High school.  Vidal then served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War, where he received two Purple Hearts.  On November 19, 1960 he was united in marriage with Shirley Stauffer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pocahontas, IA.  Vidal was employed on the loading docks with Rath Packing in Waterloo for 35 years.  He then was employed in the maintenance department at the VA Hospital in Iowa City for 15 years.  Vidal was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, American Legion, VFW, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and the Eagle’s Club.

Left to celebrate Vidal’s life are his sons: Tom (Connie) Mendez of Shakopee, MN and Jim (Vickie) Mendez of Oelwein; his grandchildren: Nick, Hannah, Amanda, Zac, Marisa and Madison; his great-grandchildren: Ariana, Abram, Ava, Maverick, Skylar and Oliver; his siblings: Natividad Mendez of Oelwein and Bob (Pat) Mendez of Knoxville, TN; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Shirley and his daughter Patricia Mendez.


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Deb Dietrich on June 9, 2020 at 5:35 PM said:

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
annette barker on June 7, 2020 at 8:23 PM said:

he was a great neighbor and a wonderful man rest in peace
Todd Huinker on June 7, 2020 at 5:21 PM said:

Myself and my whole family extend our deepest condolences to you all. Very nice gentleman,,wish you Strength and Peace.
lyle & nancy miller on June 6, 2020 at 1:05 PM said:

Sincere condolences. Good/fun guy w. quite a sense of humor. We'll miss him and may he RIP
Verna de Temmerman on June 6, 2020 at 6:12 AM said:

I have known Videl and Shirley for some time. I enjoyed my
visiting with both of them. I'm sorry for your loss. They
were such a nice couple. he is at rest now. Peace and sympathy to the family.
Rose on June 5, 2020 at 1:02 PM said:

Joe will be missed by all here at Mercy one senior care. He was fun to visit with and share stories . Our prayers our with his family at this time.
Suzette (Hurst) Foster on June 5, 2020 at 12:05 PM said:

I'm so sorry to read this. My dad & I would often see him & Shirley when we dined with Tibby. He will be missed by us, but knowing he has joined Shirley & Patty in Heaven helps us with our sorrow. Patty & I played softball together for many years & Tom was pretty young at the time, but, all were treasured by my Grandpa Ben who gardened their land.
God Speed- love & sympathy, Michael & Suzette

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