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Father of Dr. Brian 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, Ill., to Fred and Grace Hilst Meeker. He was raised in Green Valley, Ill. 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 Feb. 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 Jan. 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 of Muscatine, Rev. Dennis (Lorna) Meeker of Kisumu, Kenya Africa, Dr. Brian (Linda) Meeker of Vinton and Dr. Mark (Shari) Meeker of Galesburg, Ill. 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 Sept. 26, 1985, and his parents. His brothers that preceded him were Clarence, Earl, Harley, Roy, Robert, and Floyd.