Obituary: John Max Mehler

Obituary: John Max Mehler

He was a native of Venezuela and graduate of Oglethorpe who was known for his blue-ribbon orchids.

John Max Mehler, 64, of Atlanta passed away Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

John was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Anita (Lustgarten) and John Carl Mehler. John is survived by his three sons, Joshua Mark, 35, Brian Seth, 34, and Joel Peter, 26; his partner of 19 years, Stephanie Steiger; his sisters, Elizabeth (Mehler) Cohen and Dorothy (Mehler) Goihman; and his brother, Robert Mehler.

John moved to the United States to attend Roosevelt Military Academy and graduated from North Springs High School, Class of 1972, before matriculating at the University of Georgia, where he began his lifelong relationship with the Jewish community when he joined the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. After graduating from Oglethorpe University, he began working for the First National Bank of Atlanta and soon met Tina (Decatsky) Mehler, the mother of his three sons.

John built a vast network of friends and loved ones while splitting his time between Atlanta and Birmingham. John’s favorite pastimes included spending summers swimming at the Zaban Park JCC pool with his boys, being the helpful handyman to all those in need and working on his blue-ribbon-winning orchids.

Sign the online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alabama Orchid Society, c/o the John Max Mehler Memorial, 4761 Fulmar Drive, Irondale, AL 35210. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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