Roger R. Meier

HOLSTEIN – Private family services for Roger R. Meier, 90, of Holstein, formerly of Galva, will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein.

The Revs. Bob Lewis and Scott Meier will officiate. Burial will be in the Holstein Cemetery at Holstein. Military rites will be by American Legion Dibbern Post #454 at Galva and American Legion Dessel-Schmidt Post #225 at Holstein.

Visitation, with no family present, will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein. The family requests that masks be worn at all times. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein is in charge of arrangements.

He died Feb. 12, 2021, at AbiliT Senior Living in Holstein. 

Roger R. Meier was born May 20, 1930, oldest child of Raymond and Henrietta (Schmidt) Meier’s four children. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He started school in Cushing and graduated in May 1947. Roger farmed with his dad until the fall of 1951, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He began basic training at Fort Sill, Okla., as a forward artillery observer.

He then went by ship to Osaka, Japan, and received a month of medical training. He always said he was qualified to be a doctor.

After a month, the Army finally got his orders straight and sent him to Korea, on the front lines, where he trained to be a forward observer.

In June 1953, Roger received an honorable discharge and returned to Cushing to farm with his dad.

During Roger’s time in the service, a special bond was formed with the men with whom he trained and spent time in Korea. Years later, they held yearly reunions in different cities, the last one in Des Moines in 2014.

Roger met his wife, A. Jean Meier, at a dance at the Cobblestone in Storm Lake. They married at St. John Lutheran Church in Cushing Sept. 2, 1956.

After a honeymoon in Denver, they returned to Ames, where he got a job working at the Iowa State College Dairy. A month later, he started working at the agronomy farm until March 1957.

He then started farming northwest of Galva for 15 years. In 1972, they bought a farm five miles north of Galva.

Roger bought a Vermeer round baler, the first in Ida County. He and his uncle, Paul Meier, did thousands of round bales. After the death of his uncle, he continued baling until retirement.

In 2010, the couple bought a house in Holstein. Roger and his son, Jim, would still drive to the farm to feed livestock and do the field work, until poor health forced him to retire.
In June 2020, he became a resident of AbiliT Senior Living in Holstein and lived there until his death.

Roger was a faithful and active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he served twice as an elder and helped at many pancake suppers.  He was a 56-year member of Galva American Legion.

He served various offices in the 9th District American Legion, his last being 9th District Commander, in 2001-2002.

In addition to farming, he served on the Galva Elevator Board for 12 years, Farm Bureau, Ida Sheltered Industries (Crossroads) and township trustee.

He and Jean were members of a 500 club before it dissolved. Later, they had monthly cribbage games with two couples.

Roger is survived by his wife, Jean; a daughter, Diane (Bill) Green of Des Moines; a son, Jim Meier of Holstein; a son, Bruce (Sheri) Meier of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a daughter, Sharon (Scott) Lutheran of Jacksonville, Fla.

Also surviving are his grandsons, Steven and Jacob of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Carol Borchers of Holstein; several cousins; and nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Henrietta; his parents-in-law, Wm. and Elsie Neitzke; a brother, Lynn Meier; and a sister, Nancy (Rev. Evan) Dieck.

Online condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.