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Kenneth Meyer
May 11, 1947 - April 11, 2020

Kenneth William Meyer, 72, of Oelwein, Iowa passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 in his home due to complications from a long battle with cancer.  Ken was born on May 11, 1947 in Whittemore, IA to parents Ernest and Leona (Kinnetz) Meyer.  He attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Whittemore and then Algona High School, graduating with the class of 1965. 

After high school, Ken attended NIACC where he met Linda Jane Soules, who he’d soon ask to be his bride, and would continue his education at Mankato State.  Ken and Linda were united in marriage on June 8, 1968 at Stanley Union Church in Stanley, IA.  Soon after, Ken was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War.  He honorably served in the United States Army in the Delta Division’s Duster and Quad Fifties Units.  Ken’s bravery and service earned him two Army Commendation Medals and the Bronze Star, each given for meritorious and heroic service or achievements during combat. He discharged at the rank of E-6 Staff Sergeant.  After returning from Vietnam, Ken attended and graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business.

Building their life with Linda at his side, Ken focused his strong work ethic to farming from 1974-1992.  Ken and Linda were blessed with their greatest gift in July of 1979 with the birth of their son, Michael Scott.  Devoted to providing for his family, Ken transitioned from farming to employment with Donaldson Manufacturing from 1986-2000 and Captive Air/Rupp Air from 2002-2010.  Ken was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, the American Legion Post #9 of Oelwein, and the National Dusters, Quads & Searchlights Association.  He enjoyed numerous hobbies such as deer hunting, ice fishing, golf, bowling, and wood working.  However, his favorite past-time was watching Michael’s endeavors throughout the years and spending time with his two granddaughters, Molly and Macy.His role as a grandfather filled his heart, loving each time Molly and Macy sat on his lap, made him laugh, and called him CC, their special name for him short for “cute and cuddly.” 

Ken’s family will remember him as a stoic man, whose values were rooted in trust, integrity, honorability, and his faith.He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, we listened.  He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Leona (Kinnetz) Meyer, his stepmother Luella, his mother and father-in-law Dick and Marjorie Soules, his brother-in-law Dick Soules, and his sister-in-law Ellen Meyer.  Left to celebrate Ken’s life are his wife Linda of Oelwein, IA; his son Michael Meyer of Newton, IA; his grandaughters Molly and Macy Meyer; his brother Ron Meyer of Whittemore, IA, his brothers and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.  As we miss his physical presence, we will learn to live with him in our hearts by “taking it one day at a time,” as he would always say.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family is planning a public memorial for a later date.  Inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein, IA.  Memorials may be directed to Peace Lutheran Church, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Oelwein, or the Veteran’s Hospital of Iowa City. 

 

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Eugene and Margaret Lieb on April 24, 2020 at 7:45 PM said:

Linda, Michael and Family,
So sorry to hear that Ken passed away. God be with you as you grieve his death. He is now alive with God. Linda, blessings and strength to you and your family.
Rev. Francis and Kay Lieb on April 24, 2020 at 9:39 AM said:

Linda and Mike and family,
Our hearts reach out to you at this time of loss. Kenny and I grew up having a lot of good times with all of our cousins in the Whittemore area. I recall the visit you made on a family vacation to Kansas City and you stopped by our church in Blue Springs. I was so good to see Kenny and meet you. I'm sure that is one of many good memories!
In this unusual time of social distancing, we know that nothing can keep our risen Lord Jesus to be distant from you! He will give you strength now and in days to come.
Dana & Diann Smith on April 23, 2020 at 9:13 AM said:

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Kenny. He was a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.
Sheryl, Richard & Dalene Gosse on April 20, 2020 at 9:50 PM said:

Linda, Michael & Family: We are sad for your loss, the love of your life. You all have many good memories to cherish forever in your hearts. Ken is with you daily as your angel in heaven.
Joel and Diane Hall on April 18, 2020 at 7:19 AM said:

Our heartfelt condolences to you. We have so many fond memories of being with you and Ken and will cherish the times we shared together. You will be in our thoughts until we are able to see you again in person. God Bless your family at this difficult time.
Val Green on April 17, 2020 at 3:31 PM said:

Linda and Michael
My deepest sympathy and condolences. Ken was a very special person to all of us. He was a quiet gentle man that we all respected and cared deeply about. He will be sadly missed by all of us.
Val Green on April 17, 2020 at 3:31 PM said:

Linda and Michael
My deepest sympathy and condolences. Ken was a very special person to all of us. He was a quiet gentle man that we all respected and cared deeply about. He will be sadly missed by all of us.
Shannon & Debbie Hershey on April 16, 2020 at 6:43 PM said:

We are so sorry for your loss Linda and Mike. Kenny was a good man. Many memories were made with him working at the Donaldson Company with Shannon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Phil and Lorraine Pankey on April 16, 2020 at 1:44 PM said:

Phil was in NCO school with Ken at Fort Bliss and we so enjoyed seeing them at reunions. Love to Linda
Brad Struve on April 16, 2020 at 6:11 AM said:

I enjoyed working with Kenny and talking farming.....so sorry for your loss
Ivan and Pat Lauck on April 16, 2020 at 4:33 AM said:

Linda, Our sympathy to you and your family. Ken was a great cousin to be around. May our Lord give you comfort at this time.
Janice Huff-Alexander on April 15, 2020 at 9:23 PM said:

Michael and Linda, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ken. You are in my prayers at this time of sorrow.
Jan Huff-Alexander
Doug and Debbie Nuss on April 15, 2020 at 11:04 AM said:

Wanted to give you our deepest sympathy. He is no longer in pain and is in perfect health! He will be your guardian angel! Our thoughts are with you all! Doug and Debbie
Paul & Janet Hutter. on April 15, 2020 at 10:32 AM said:

So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I worked with Ken for many years and thought he was a great guy. Also my Mother Ann Popenhagen thought the world of him and you Linda and spoke of you often. May God be with you in this time of need.
Paul & Janet Hutter, Mesa, Arizona.
Dennis and Ann Welsh on April 15, 2020 at 6:24 AM said:

Linda and Micheal we are so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing and working with Kenny at Donaldsons. he will be missed by so many.
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