Philip J. ‘Phil’ Mengel

October 17, 1953 - March 7, 2009

Philip J. "Phil" Mengel of Waukesha died peacefully at home on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the age of 55 after a determined fight with cancer. He was born on October 17, 1953, in Burlington, the son of James and Esther (Zaidan) Mengel.

After graduating from Oconomowoc High School in 1972, Phil married Deborah Lyle on June 21, 1980. He was employed as a foreman at Fox Brook Park in Brookfield and worked for Waukesha County Parks and Planning for 29 years.

Phil will be deeply missed by his wife, Deb of Waukesha; their children, Matthew Mengel of Milwaukee, Allison Mengel of Waukesha, and Christine Mengel of Waukesha; his mother, Esther Mengel of Oconomowoc; siblings, Peter (Lynn) Mengel of Georgia, Julia (Robert) Stavran of Schofield, Barbara (Gregory) Romanello of North Prairie, Joseph (Mary) Mengel of Naperville, Ill., Jane Mengel of Pewaukee, Robert (Kristin) Mengel of Highland, Ind., and Margaret Jaeger of West Allis; father and mother-in-law, Ray and Barbara Lyle of Oconomowoc; and brothers-in-law, Jeff (Sandy) Lyle of Waukesha, Mike Lyle of Oconomowoc, and Mark (Julie) Lyle of Pewaukee. He is also survived by a gang of fun-loving nieces and nephews, and also many friends.

Phil was preceded in death by his father, James Mengel, in 1999.

Family will greet friends and relatives from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2009, with a memorial service at 4 p.m., at Fox Brook Park Club House, 2925 N. Barker Road, Brookfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to www.caringbridge.org/visit/philmengel (donate online); or to the American Cancer Society, N19-W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188; or to Waukesha County-The Park Land Acquisition Fund, 2925 N. Barker Rd., Brookfield, WI 53045.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.