MEHOK - Louis A., 89, of Johnstown, passed away July 3, 2019, at Arbutus Park Manor. Born in Windber on March 21, 1930, he was the fourth of five children of John and Mary (Jozsi) Mehok. Prior to retiring in Johnstown, Louis was a longtime resident of Arlington, Va. He first came to the Washington, D.C., area after serving two tours of duty in Korea with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he attended trade school, where he acquired skills in masonry and construction. He subsequently worked as a bricklayer for many years in the Northern Virginia area before retiring to Johnstown in 1992 with his wife, Dee. Louis will be remembered by friends and relatives for his engaging personality, boundless curiosity, joking manner and storytelling abilities. A skilled practitioner and student of close-up magic, he entertained friends and family—including several generations of nieces and nephews—with coin and card tricks, never revealing the secrets behind them. He was also an omnivorous reader who filled the rows of bookshelves in his home with detective novels, thrillers, history books and volumes on a wide range of topics. Louis was preceded in death by his parents; wife Delores (Reed) Mehok; brothers John C. Mehok and Julius S. Mehok; and sister Verna Lapinsky. He is survived by his sister, Mary Piemonte, of Newark, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. A short graveside service with military honors by Windber VFW Post 4795 will be held at Richland Mausoleum, Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 10:00. At Lou's request, no visitation will be held. Special thanks to Todd and Tricia Shaffer for the love and care that they have given to Lou, who truly became part of their family. Additional thanks to the dedicated and compassionate staff at Arbutus Park Manor and Windber Hospice. Lou always felt "at home" with them. Donations can be made in Lou's name to Arbutus Park Manor or Windber Hospice.
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