We celebrate the life of Gerald Meeves, an honest, hard-working man with a kind manner and a quiet heart.
Caring for his farm and family were Gerald’s pride and joy. A true love and respect for animals bound Gerald to a rewarding livelihood of farming, cattle and hogs. On his farm, he also welcomed many pets. Gerald raised corn and hay every growing season, and took great pride in the care and meticulous grooming of his fields. In his retirement, Gerald enjoyed reading, listening to the news, watching TV and viewing squirrels eat and play on the tree perch just outside the front window. Gerald also took much pleasure in having afternoon coffee in the company of friends uptown at Cheeta’s.
Gerald Eugene Meeves, 83, of Schleswig, Iowa, was born on July 10, 1934, to Edward and Velma Meeves. Gerald was born on the family farm in Dunlap, Iowa; he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charter Oak, Iowa. Gerald graduated from Charter Oak Community School, Class of 1952.
Gerald passed away very peacefully in his home on September 30, 2017. Gerald is survived by his loving wife, Donna; brother, Paul (Betty) Meeves of Dunlap, Iowa, and his sister, Jeanette Nemitz of Denison, Iowa.
Gerald was united in marriage to Donna Lou Kastner on November 15, 1953. To this union, two daughters and a son were born – Lucinda (David); Felicia (Bob); and Ritchie. There are five grandchildren – Derek (Lisa); Sarah (Aubrey), Alyssa (Martin); Whitney (Christopher); and Meggie (Steve). To his grandchildren, there are seven great-grandchildren – Lucy, Copper, Drew, Everett, Ollie, Ambria and Genevieve.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, August Jr., Milfred and Roger; nephews, Rodney, Bryan and Tory; and great-grandson, Hawk.