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Christopher Mekus

Christopher MIchael Mekus

Thursday, October 28th, 1948 - Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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Christopher Michael Mekus passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 26, 2020. The joy he brought, the laughter he shared, and the love he nurtured among family and friends are the gifts he shall always be remembered for.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Planning, Chris went on to build a successful career as an architect in Chicago, ultimately founding his own architecture and design firm, Mekus Tanager, Inc.

In his professional career, Chris was regarded as an innovator and visionary, winning architectural awards for projects throughout the U. S.

In his personal life, Chris was a devoted father and husband who shared his passion for sailing with anyone willing to learn how to tie a bowline. The perpetual glint in his eye and the wry smile on his face were his trademark. To know Chris was to know how to belly laugh.

Born in Glen Ridge, NJ, he was the son of the late Francis Henry and Irene DelVecchio Mekus. In addition to his wife of 48 years (Spes Mullen Mekus), he is survived by his children, Patrick Francis (Katie Jo Ann) Mekus, Menominee, MI and Dr. Cara Jeanne (Matthew) Hill, DVM, Richmond, KY: sister, Lynne Ann (Dr. William Gates, III) Gates, Lexington; brother, Mark Timothy (Lori Anita) Mekus, Richmond; and grandson, Maxwell Alexander Hill.

Due to current government restrictions, services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 |
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
    Private Services
    Address Not Available
  • Interment

    Lexington Cemetery
    833 West Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40508
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Matthew Duggan

Posted at 03:16pm
Thank you Chris for everything you did for me. Hired me right out of college and taught me as much about treating people as you did about architecture. I'll celebrate one more T.A.C. in your honor!
Peace and Joy - Matthew Duggan

Eirik Heikes

Posted at 06:11pm
We mourn the loss of our friend and business partner, Chris Mekus , AIA. Much love and tears from Eirik and LeAnne Heikes, Shane and Carol Matt, and TerraSite Team. Hugs to Spes, Patrick, and Katie.

Diana Gilbert

Posted at 09:17am
Remembering Chris's smile and laughter.
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Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski

Posted at 08:14pm
Spes and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Chris. Sending you strength and love in these difficult times.

Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski

Megan Weeks

Posted at 07:54pm
I have fond memories of Chris and my years at Mekus Tanager. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. Sending lots to love Spes, Patrick, Cara and the entire family.

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