Clarence A. 'Huck' Meis, 89, of Keota, died at 11:56 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at Maplewood Manor where he had been a resident since September 1999.
He was born Jan. 25, 1915, in Le Mars, the son of Joseph I. and Katherine G. (Roerig) Meis. He grew up in Le Mars where he attended St. Joseph's Catholic School. Mr. Meis married Ethel C. Casper July 2, 1938, in Le Mars. She died Dec. 18, 2002.
Mr. Meis worked as a farmhand and in a packinghouse before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He served on the U.S.S. Bracken in the Pacific Theater. He worked for the Plymouth County Road maintenance department before moving to Des Moines where he worked for United Contractors of Des Moines for 20 years. He retired in 1977 and moved to Granville, and then moved to Keota in 1995.
Mr. Meis was a member of the Le Mars American Legion and the V.F.W. in Granville and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Keota. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed bowling, fishing and card games.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen Morgan and her husband, Larry, of Richland; one son, James Meis and his wife, Karen, of Norfolk, Va.; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray Meis of Crescent, and five sisters, Marian Abdalla of Ft. Dodge, Margaret Grau of Littleton, Colo., Joan Van Steenwyk of Lakewood, Calif., Janet Olson of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Ruth Marienau of West Des Moines.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a grandchild, Kimberley Morgan, four brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Mother Cabrini Catholic Church in Richland with the Rev. Charles J. Fladung officiating. Burial will be in Richland Friends Cemetery. Open visitation at Gould Funeral Home in Richland will begin at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Prayers for a Christian wake will be held at 7 p.m.
Memorials to Maplewood Manor, Mother Cabrini Church or the American Lung Association have been established.