Born on March 5, 1923 in Gröbning / Grobniki (Upper Silesia), died on March 12, 2005, probably in Düsseldorf.
As a young man Mende moved to Dusseldorf, where he attended the stage class at the Art Academy. His artistic career began in 1947 after Russian captivity: Among other things, he worked as a freelancer at the Rheinische Post, where he illustrated for many years in the Düsseldorf local section. He illustrated numerous books, including children's and school books. Together with his wife and Karl Ruhrberg as a text writer, he wrote the "Dusseldorf sketches" (Dusseldorf: Droste 1967). The book experienced several editions. His works have been exhibited in Düsseldorf, Berlin and Paris. He was married to Lieselotte Mende-Neupert.