Leon Joseph Mehle

January 5, 1945 ~ March 18, 2018 (age 73)

We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of our dad, Leon Mehle as well as his beloved border collie, Coldwater.  Dad was born in Pueblo, CO to Joseph and Mary (Gregorich) Mehle on January 5, 1945. He is preceded in death by his parents and his infant son Joey Mehle.  He is survived by his children, Greg Mehle and Lisa (Greg) Glab; and his grandson’s, Dustin Hankins, Joe and Nathan Glab. Leon, Lon or commonly known by his road handle aka “FOOTLOOSE” was truly a modern-day renaissance man.  With his constant companion and best pal, Coldwater by his side they were seldom home, always on the road seeking nature’s path as well as any “good finds” along the way.  Dad’s passions are an encyclopedia of their own, entirely too numerous to list in a single breath or common sentence.  But to name just a few…an accomplished photographer with the love of art captured on film from a high school hobbyist to a remarkable digital master in his 70’s.  A true marksman with all types of firearms, from black powder to rare foreign calibers.  But the simple rugger mark 2 being on the top of his favorites.   A story teller, poet, humorist, rock hound, fisherman and educator the list goes on.  He will truly be missed by those who knew and loved him and the earth will have a task in finding replacements for the two of them.  A memorial celebration will be held in his honor on Sunday, April 22nd at 3p.m. at the Gooseberry Patch restaurant in Penrose, CO.  In leu of flowers please donate to the Fremont County Humane Society in memory of Coldwater. Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home.  Online condolences at


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