Charles R. Mekbel, 1944 – 2019
Jackson Audubon lost a good friend Tuesday, November 19, when Chuck Mekbel collapsed and died while the Tuesday Group was watching waterfowl from the Watkins Lake State Park causeway. An hour’s resuscitation efforts, first by Sylvia Kay, on her first Tuesday Group outing, and Steve Jerant, and then by the Columbia Township emergency and Allegiance Hospital ambulance crews sadly were unsuccessful.
Chuck was a poster child for the Tuesday Group attracting good people who enjoy being in the natural world. After showing up at a JAS Haehnle Sanctuary crane count seven years ago, the Metamora, Ohio, resident soon became a Tuesday Group regular. Though he never sought the limelight, he generously shared hundreds of his outstanding, professional bird images with tourers and JAS’s website and Bird Tracks newsletter. [The slideshow above is a selection of Chuck’s work in the past year.] He also eagerly led Tuesday tours to several of his favorite Ohio birding spots.
Chuck was a civil engineering graduate of Valparaiso University, served with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, and retired from an engineering career in the Ohio utility industry. There will be a memorial service for Chuck from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. next Sunday, December 8, at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main Street, Sylvania, Ohio 43560, https://www.reebfuneralhome.com/notices/Charles-Mekbel.
Rest in peace, Chuck.
Posted by Mickey Kress 12/01/2019
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