In Memory of Richard E. "Dick" Meier



Richard E. "Dick" Meier
Richard E. "Dick" Meier
Born: October 21, 1942
Died: January 24, 2017
Age: 74
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Richard E. "Dick" Meier
October 21, 1942 - January 24, 2017
From: Battle Creek, IA

Richard E. “Dick” Meier, age 74, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital, of Rochester, Minnesota.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate, with committal services following in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. Military Rites will be conducted by Maple Valley Post No. 364 of the American Legion of Battle Creek and the McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to www.christensenvanhouten.com

Richard Edward Meier, age 74, entered his eternal home January 24, 2017 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born October 21, 1942 in Rural Ida County to Vincent (Bud) and Loretta (Nielsen) Meier.  His early education was received at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Danbury, Iowa.  He attended Danbury Catholic High School through the 10th grade at which time the family moved to Battle Creek.  Richard graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1960.

 Upon graduation, at the age of 17, Richard joined the US Navy on the “Kiddy Cruise”.  This was an option offered for a few years to young men who enlisted before their 18th birthday.  They were offered a school of their choice and a discharge before their 21st birthday.  His parents were required to sign giving their permission.

  The “Kiddy Cruise” was offered as a “buddy system”.  Richard and his classmate, Dewain Forthum, departed to Camp Nimitz, San Diego, California in October of 1960.  Following boot camp Richard went to “A” School where he earned Electrician Mate-2.  During his tour of duty, he was promoted to Electrician Mate-5.  He also went to Motion Picture Schooling.  This was a great way to work on duty, showing movies and earning an extra dollar.  Hence, he still loves to watch movies.  Richard was assigned to the USS Bayfield APA-33.  His significant mission was deployment to Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.  Richard was honorably discharged at Camp Coronado, San Diego, California, October 18, 1963, five days before his 21st birthday.

 Richard and Barbara Sales were married on January 29, 1966 at Ida Grove, Iowa.  Three children were born to this union, Sherri, Shelli and Mike.  Richard spent several years working for an environmental company which took him all over the United States.  Although this was an enjoyable part of his life, his real love was farming.  He loved the land and loved being on the farm with his family.  When illness struck he had a great outlook.  He would say, “If I die tomorrow, I’ve lived my dream”.

  He was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church at Battle Creek.  He enjoyed worship and being surrounded by his friends.  He especially enjoyed breakfast every morning at the Bread Box with his “breakfast buddies”.  Richard was a member of the American Legion Maple Valley Post No. 364 of Battle Creek and McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of Ida Grove.

 Left to cherish his memory are his wife Barbara, his three children Sherri (Kel) Anderson, Alta, Iowa; Shelli (Jason) Dannenberg, Anthon, Iowa; Michael (Heidi) Meier, Brandon, South Dakota.  He was also blessed with grandchildren, Cody, Lee (Lacey) and Lance (Carrie) Anderson; Bailey and Brylie Boettcher, Lily and Jaedyn Dannenberg; Benton, Hadley and Brandt Meier.  Great grandchildren Owen, Garrett, Sage and Sawyer Anderson; two brothers, Robert (Glenrose) Meier, Ronald (Roxanne) Meier; sister Margery Meier; sister-in-laws, Jeannette (Richard) Ott, Diane (Tom) Castle, Charolette (Bill) Uhl, Karen (Darwin) Blackmore; father and mother-in-law, Lou Dale and Helen Sales; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Loretta Meier and his brother-in-law Charles (Chuck) Cooley. 

 

 

SERVICES

2:00 p.m., Saturday,
January 28, 2017

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Reverend Kevin J. Freese

CASKET BEARERS

Robert Meier, Jr.
Sean Blackmore
Shannon Blackmore
Matthew Castle
Adam Castle
Charles "Beau" Rogge IV

Honorary Casket Bearers:
Dick's Grandchildren
Cody
Lee
Lance
Jaedyn
Bailey
Brylie
Lily
Benton
Hadley
Brandt

VISITATION

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
Friday, January 27, 2017

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa

MUSIC

Dixie Brueck, Organist
Mary Jo Watson, Pianist

Special Music By:
Sherri (Meier) Anderson

"How Great Thou Art"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"I Will See You Again"

INTERMENT

Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa

Military Rites Coducted By:

Maple Valley Post No. 364
of the American Legion
Battle Creek, Iowa &

McNamara-Moore Post No. 61
of the American Legion
Ida Grove, Iowa


Condolences


Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3:49 PM
“Sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
- Karen Strackbein Rupiper
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8:39 AM
“I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.”
- Kathy Larson
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8:39 AM
“To Barb and kids so sorry for your loss.
Dick was such a great guy always a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed. Was glad Matt made it to the funeral. Dick was very special to us God Bless Kathy”
- Kathy Wendel
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8:39 AM
“Dear Barb and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss and have been thinking of all of you. Dick was such a wonderful person who will be missed by so very many. May all of the warm and special memories that you shared with Dick stay with you and bring you comfort through all of the days ahead. Love, Sheila and Family”
- Sheila Petersen
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:27 PM
“Barb, Sherri, Shelli, & Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with you as we remember all the good times. Dick was a great person and I have wonderful childhood memories of your family.”
- Tricia Widlund (VanHouten)
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:27 PM
“Barb and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss and have been thinking of all of you. Dick was such a wonderful person who will be missed by so very many. May all of the warm and special memories that you shared with Dick stay with you and bring you comfort through all of the days ahead. Love, Sheila and Family”
- Sheila Petersen
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:38 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the Meier family at the loss of Dick. I have many memories spending time at the Meier house with the kids & walking beans. Glad I got to talk to Dick for a little bit before Christmas -- I know how much he will be missed by his family & friends. Sending prayers of comfort to all of you.”
- Reta Jensen
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:38 AM
“So very sorry for your loss, Barb. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Wanda Schiernbeck”
- Wanda Schiernbeck
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:36 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. God Bless you and bring you comfort.”
- Corlie and Bill Kohnekamp
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4:11 PM
“Sorry for your loss. Wishing comfort for the family.”
- Gaylin & Barb Fey
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4:11 PM
“Barb: Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family. Dick was a wonderful person; we will always treasure the memories and friendship, especially all the ocean and river trips we shared.”
- Vern (Woody) & Karen
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4:11 PM
“Barb, I was so sorry to hear of Dick's passing...I know how hard it can be. Please just remember that God never gives you more than you can handle. I pray for God to comfort you during this time of loss.
Love you, Janice”
- Janice (Smith) Hall
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“Barb and family, I'm so sorry for. Your loss. Dick was a nice man and he put up a huge battle with his illness. My prayers for you. God Bless.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“Barb, Shari, Shelly, Mike and families. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you. Dick has fought a hard battle. He will be missed by family and friends. He went to sleep and woke up with God. May God bless.”
- Byron Hartwig
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“Know that many are holding you in love and prayer.
- Carolyn Jamieson
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“Our prayers are with you, so sorry for your loss!”
- Mason and Diane Fleenor
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“prayers to you all. Dick was great guy and I will truly miss him, his sense of humor, his kindness, and his generosity. And I know Olivia will miss him every Sunday 😊 ”
- Todd riessen
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“Sending love and support to you all. Missing you and wish I could be there. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
- Carrie Murr Randall
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“So sorry for your family's loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Tim & Terri Preston
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“Sorry to hear about Richards passing. He was a very good friend and classmate. I will miss him.”
- Larry R. Miller
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“Barb, I'm so sorry to hear about Dick. When I first met you two, Larry and I were just married and you were pregnant with your second, I think. My daughter Keri remembers riding a horse or pony at your place when she was just a little girl. Although you two were Larry's friends, I always considered you as part of the BC friends we always got to see. My thoughts are with your and your family during this difficult time. Dick will definitely be missed.”
- Esther Miller
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“The Kruegers and Dick used to deer hunt quite a bit. One day Jeff came home and said that Dick had said he was going to have to go home and shoot the decoy in his front yard since that appeared to be the only deer he could shoot. Oh the memories! We are thinking of you all.
Art and Darla
- Art and Darla Krueger
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:31 AM
“My thoughts are with you at this sad time.”
- Elaine A Firm
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:31 AM
“So sorry to lose a wonderful classmate. Prayers to his family ”
- Cliff and Carole Wascher
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