Ivan Dale Meier passed peacefully Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Schowalter Villa Hesston 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, Wyoming, Bette (Bob) Johnston of Denver, Patti (Duane) Edwards of Poulsbo, Washington, Stan (Heather) Meier of Omaha, Nebraska, Tom (Laura) Meier of Hesston, Jim (Donna) Meier of Hesston, Sam (Sharon) Nance of Dallas, Annette Jantz of Newton, Doug Richardson of Denver, Lou Richardson of Denver, David Richardson of Seattle, Bob (Lori) Richardson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 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 World War II, 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, Meier 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.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton. A graveside committal service, with U.S. Navy military honors, will be at Greenwood Cemetery following the service.
A memorial has been established for the Good Shepherd Hospice, 301 N. Main St. #300, Newton, KS. 67114.
Petersen Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.