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-Orville Walter Meeker-

Orville Walter Meeker passed away at Washington County Hospital suddenly at the age of 84 on March 15, 2012. He was the quintessential Iowa farmer, husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend to many. He came from modest means and worked hard and instilled his work ethic into his family. He led a Christian life. He was a founding member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wapello, Iowa.

Orville was born March 4, 1928 in Warsaw, Illinois to Fred and Grace Hilst Meeker. He was raised in Green Valley, Illinois. He graduated from Green Valley High School and was proud of his history as a basketball star and school record holder in the 440-yard dash. He married Hildegarde Louise Detjen (Lovey) on February 6, 1949. The young Meeker couple farmed in Oakville Iowa until 1959 when they moved to a farm in Letts, Iowa where he made a successful career in farming. He created Orville Meeker and Sons purebred swine business and his genetic lines of Hampshires and Durocs were sold nationally and internationally. His livestock won many awards. He worked tirelessly and loved his chosen field and only retired when forced by health reasons.  Lovey passed away January 2, 1994.

Orville married Marcy Gerst July 12, 1997.Orville is survived by his wife, Marcy. His sons, Dr. David Meeker (Beatriz) in the Washington, D.C. area, Tom (Ann) Meeker of Muscatine, Donald (Kris) Meeker Muscatine, Rev. Dennis (Lorna) Meeker Kisumu, Kenya Africa, Dr. Brian (Linda) Meeker of Vinton and Dr. Mark (Shari) Meeker of Galesburg, Illinois.
Step-daughters, Beth (Brian) Fleenor of Burlington and Dawn (Stanley) Miller of Iowa City. His two sisters, LuVerne Johns of Fort Lauderdale By the Sea, Florida and Lois Brenneman of Pekin, Illinois.  Three sisters in law, Bernadine Meeker of Delavan, Illinois, Delores Chapman of Emden, Illinois and Josephine Henry of Galesburg, Illinois. Orville’s legacy includes 26 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Besides his first wife, Lovey, he was preceded in death tragically by his son, Steven on September 26, 1985, and his parents.  His brothers that preceded him were Clarence, Earl, Harley, Roy, Robert, and Floyd.

Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home of Wapello is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation was scheduled for 3 to 6 PM on Sunday March 18 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the family present.  Funeral services were Monday March 19 at 2 PM also at St. Paul Lutheran Church 226 Washington Street with Pastor Chris Hinkle.  Burial will be at the Letts Cemetery.

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