SSgt Walter Elliott Mehlig Jr.

June 24, 1942June 8, 2018

Walter (Sam) Elliott Mehlig 75 of Wilmington, NC passed away at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Sam loved his family, Country, and Corps. He honorably served them all. Sam retired from the USMC after 25 years of faithful service. He was very proud of his years in the Corps, especially his time with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, @ Camp Lejeune. He proudly displayed our country's colors daily and was also an avid movie buff.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter E. Mehlig Sr. and Gloria (Frank) Levens, and his sister Patricia (Harold) Colacci.

Sam is survived by his Sons; Michael F. Mehlig (Hitomi) of Okinawa, Japan, Jonathan Styles (Adriana) of San Antonio, TX. Daughters; TinaMarie Duarte (Cory) of Tulsa, OK, Jennifer Collins (Tony Sears) of Wilmington, NC; sister, Linda Colacci (Dan) of Lodi, NJ, and grandchildren; Shoya Mehlig, Larissa Mehlig, Tristan Styles, Justis Styles, Joaquin Styles, Lcpl David J. Friedman, Jessica Mehlig.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walters honor to the veteran's organization of your choice or to Love, Grace, and Mercy Church, 128 Kemberly Ct., Jacksonville, NC 28540.


SSgt Walter Elliott Mehlig Jr.

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TinaMarie Duarte

July 8, 2018

Dad, there’s so much I wish I could’ve gotten to talk to you about. Wish I got gotten to see you one more time but I’m so happy that you’re in a better place. You were always strong, you were always there for me. Always making us laugh even in the rough times. I will miss the words you made up so that you wouldn’t cuss in front of us kids (I still say some of those to this day with a fond smile.) I Remember the times we spent out in the backyard on the air station with the “barracks boys”shooting air darts at targets of the ayatollah khomeini and cooking on the hibachi. I remember you always skating rings around us youth at the skating rink. I will miss getting cards from you & looking for the Kilroy, that there always was at least one of, hidden somewhere on the card. I miss how us kids would fight over the “sea rats” you brought home, (because the “guys” didn’t want them,) looking for the cracker tins so we could see which chocolate disc was in them. (I love sea-rats, idk why the guys hated them so much.) Wish I had some now. Lol.
I could go on forever. All I can truly say is this, I love you so very much, and I will miss you so very much. I’m so thankful God chose you to be my dad and can’t wait to see you again in heaven.
Tell grandma & grandpa Carter hello.
Love always,
TinaMarie “Flea-na”

Donna Erb Longo

June 19, 2018

Dear Uncle Wally
So very sorry we didn't get to connect, We were planning a trip for this summer to come see you . I'm still taking care of Elvis for you .
Please give Mommy a big hug and kiss from me ( after you get your beer ) . Love you Always & Forever !!!!
Your niece Donna

Penny Freed

June 18, 2018

Uncle Wally you are gone but will never be forgotten. You had some people up in heaven waiting for you like your sisters and your mom. Give my mom a hug and kiss for me..
Until we meet again. 💔💔

Love always your niece

Linda Colacci

June 18, 2018

I remember how proud I was as a child and would tell my friends my big brother Wally was a U. S. Marine. Mom and Dad were so happy the night your first son was born. and the end of the Vietnam conflict was announced.They knew you would be coming home to your family, safe and sound. Thank you for your service, and making us so proud.You will be missed by all who loved you. I know Pat was waiting for you. Hug her and Mom for me, please.