Kirk Travis MescherKirk Travis Mescher, 59, died on Aug. 19. Born to Wanda and Marvin Mescher on Feb. 8, 1956, Mescher was a founding partner of CM Engineering in 1993. He was widely recognized as a leader in geothermal design. His One Pipe™ system can be found in public buildings across the country.

Mescher was an active ASHRAE member, where he chaired multiple committees, sat on the board of directors, and was named a distinguished lecturer. He received numerous awards for his service and mentored dozens. Mescher is survived by his wife, Kelly Klopfenstein Mescher; two daughters, Kris and Kelsey Mescher; his mother, Wanda Mescher; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Della Mescher; sister and brother-in-law, Jill and Tony Smith; and nieces and nephews. He passed away from complications after a recent heart attack. An avid NASCAR fan and former dirt track champion, Mescher helped design and build some of current racer Carl Edwards Jr.’s earliest cars.

A celebration of Mescher’s life will be held at CM Engineering’s new location next spring. For more information, as it becomes available, visit In lieu of flowers, to honor Kirk and his life’s work, a scholarship in his name specific to the design of ground-source heat pumps is being established. If you wish to contribute to the endowment fund for this scholarship, please send your donation to the Kirk Mescher Scholarship Fund at Central Bank of Boone County, Online condolences can be left for the family at

Publication date: 9/7/2015