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Menge, Howard Frederick, 1917-2004

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Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA Aug 11, 2004
Par 3’s Howard Menge
By JONDI GUMZ/ Sentinel staff writer
Hundreds of golfers learned how to play the game at the Aptos Par 3 course, taking lessons from Aptos resident Howard Frederick Menge. "Many of them still enjoy the game and remember fondly their first lessons with him," said his wife of 25 years, Elois. Menge, who turned his caddying experience as a youth into a career, died Aug. 7 at Driftwood Health Care Center in Santa Cruz after a lengthy illness. He was 87. Born in San Francisco, he was the son of German immigrants Frederick and Anna Menge. As a youth, he began caddying at Stanford University Golf Course and later at Menlo Country Club, where he became caddymaster and assistant pro. A born storyteller, he entertained many with his tales of caddying for the famous and infamous of their time. He served in the military during World War II. After his discharge, he worked in sales for auto dealerships from Van Ness in San Francisco to Van Nuys in Los Angeles. He later worked with Salinas Steel Builders developing properties in Sand City. He ran the Aptos Par 3 for more than 20 years before turning the operation over to his sons. The course was an Aptos landmark until 1998. Menge also developed Aptos Investment Casting Co., a golf component business, and Tony Lema Golf Co., named for the pro golfer from Oakland who died in a plane crash in 1966. Mr. Menge designed the product line with cooperation from the Lema family. He also led golf vacations to The Algarve in Portugal and was the first in the area to custom-fit golf clubs.
Howard F. Menge
BORN: May 2, 1917. DIED: Aug. 7, 2004. OCCUPATION: Ran Aptos Par 3 golf course.
SURVIVORS: Wife of 25 years, Elois Menge of Aptos; daughters Peggy Veatch of Jefferson City, Mo., Ann Menge of Eugene, Ore., and Susan Hattabaugh of Placentia; sons Howard ‘Boon’ Menge, Fred Menge and John Menge of La Selva Beach, and Tim Menge of Aptos; stepchildren Linda Colville of Cupertino, Randal Mazur of Moraga and Harlan Mazur of Port Hueneme; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Sister Helene Leon died before him.
SERVICES: None planned. Ashes will be placed in the North Columbarium at El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove.
CONTRIBUTIONS: Heartland Hospice, 2511 Garden Road, Suite B200, Monterey, CA 93940 or Cabrillo College Stroke Center, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.

HOWARD F MENGE 02 May 1917 07 Aug 2004 (V) 95003 (Aptos, Santa Cruz, CA) (none specified) 553-01-5469 California
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