SPRINGFIELD — Raphael Joseph Meng died June 19. He was 93.
Mr. Meng was born Jan. 20, 1920, in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Dowling High School in 1938, and served in the Army during World War II. He married Rose Imogene Witherspoon (Jean) in 1945. He attended Drake University and worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 31 years, retiring in Springfield.
He was preceded in death by sons Robert, 2009, Thomas, 2010, and Timothy; sisters Mary and Margaret Ann, and brother Phil. He is survived by Jean, his wife of 67 years; daughters, Linda Meng, Portland, and Nancy Meng-Frecker (John), Omaha, Neb.; son, Chris Meng (Patsy), Junction City; sister, Clare Ziegler, Des Moines, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Paul Church in Eugene. Memorial donations can be made to St. Paul Church, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, or www.FreetheKids.org.