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David E. Meier

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AVA, Mo. — David E. Meier, 78, Ava, Mo., died July 25, 2020, in Ava, Mo., in his home with his family by his side.

Graveside services were July 31 at the Coleridge City Cemetery, with Rev. Gary Kimm officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge.

Dave was born June 9, 1942, to Nellie E. (DeJong) and Edward J. Meier on their farm in Cedar County. Dave started school in a country schoolhouse and transferred to Coleridge High School. He graduated from Coleridge High School in 1959, and went to Wayne State for two years, all the while assisting his father with the farming operations. He then transferred to Logan, Utah, and graduated from there with a degree from the College of Forestry in 1965.

In September of 1964, David married Betty Jepson, Sioux City, Iowa. In the fall of 1965, David and Betty moved to Washington, D.C., for employment with the United States Government. Dave served for 33 years with the Bureau of Land Management as Chief Cartographer before retiring in 1998. After Betty passed away in 1999, he stayed in Virginia for a short time and then moved to Ava, Mo. On May 2006, Dave married Janice Waters and they spent several years traveling, going on Mission trips, spending time with family and enjoying more of the country life. Dave loved to hunt, fish, and going out to the farm and enjoying his cattle.

David is survived by his wife, Janice Meier; daughter, Nadyne and John Tharnish, Springfield, Mo.; and son, Aaron Meier, Ava, Mo.; five step daughters, Clarissa McGarry and Steve, Springfield, Mo.; Melissa and Gill Welton, Ozark, Mo.; Tina and James Potter, Ava, Mo.; Roeena and Justin Smith, Springfield, Mo.; and Erin Lindsey, Ava, Mo., two grandchildren, Richard Meier, Easton, Pa., and Kaleb Tharnish, Springfield, Mo.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with two sisters, Janet and Bill Rojahn-Horton, Albuquerque, N.M., and Susan Meston, Everett Wash.; and one brother, Phillip and Linda Meier, LaMars, Iowa.

Dave was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty; his parents and a niece, Melauni.

Dave was a member of the Highway Nazarene Church, Ava, Mo.