Life Sketch for Ivan Dale Meier –( 4/25/20 to 10/23/15)
Into the Lord’s arms; Ivan Dale Meier passed peacefully at Schowalter Villa Hesston, Kansas at the age of 95. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne (1975), daughter Judy Garcia (1990), his second wife Muriel (2001), great-grandson Daniel (2002) and third wife Laveta (2015). He is survived by Karen (Doug) Achterhof of Dayton, WY, Bette (Bob) Johnston of Denver, CO, Patti (Duane) Edwards of Poulsbo, WA, Stan (Heather) Meier of Omaha, NE, Tom (Laura) Meier of Hesston, KS, Jim (Donna) Meier of Hesston, KS and Sam (Sharon) Nance of Dallas, TX, Annette Jantz of Newton, KS, Doug Richardson of Denver, CO, Lou Richardson of Denver, CO, David Richardson of Seattle, WA, Bob (Lori) Richardson of Broken Arrow, OK, along with 30 grandchildren and scores of great-grandchildren.
Dale was a lifelong Kansas resident, farming near Halstead before joining the Navy and serving in the South Pacific during WWII, thereafter moving to Newton. Dale worked for King Construction – Hesston for 35 years, retiring in 1988 as a Superintendent. A faithful servant of God, he served as a member and trustee of several churches including St Luke Presbyterian Church in Newton.
Our Dad’s legacy is one of great humility, and amazing faith. He may have been barely five-foot seven, but his now-empty shoes are simply too large for one person to fill. He loved to follow the Chiefs and Royals, and the old Big Eight conference. Gifted with a carpenter’s love of wood; Dad built wonderful furniture now cherished in his children’s and grandchildren’s homes across this country that he loved so much. He loved to travel, especially to the cabin he built and owned for many years above of Idaho Springs, Colorado; but the highlight trip was a Holy Land visit with Muriel. Dad did not like to be alone, and always wanted to be taking care of those he loved. From taking people into his house from other countries, to coaxing the most beauty out of a flower or bush; he lived to nurture and take care of things. His soul is home now, and he is in the arms of the One who cares for all. May he rest in the eternal peace that comes through Jesus Christ.
Dad, you will be forever missed by those on earth who yearn to one day, be with you again. Our “Rock of Ages;” we love you.
Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 29th at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton. Visitatin will be from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 28th at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. The family will be present from 6:00 -8:00 P.M. to greet friends during the visitation.
A graveside committal service, with US Navy Military Honors, will be held at Greenwood Cemetery following the service.
A memorial has been established for the Good Shepherd Hospice, 301 N. Main St. #300, Newton, KS. 67114. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.