MEYER, Deddo 1873-1950
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/6/2015 at 20:52:02
Deddo Meyer Dies Thursday Morning
Deddo Meyer died at his home in Holland at 9:30 Thursday morning. He had a number of heart attacks the past year. Two weeks before his death he suffered a severe stroke, and his condition was quite critical from that time. Another stroke Thursday morning brought on the end. He was 76 years old. He had been a resident of Grundy county 58 years and the past 18 years he made his home in Holland.
A Native of Germany
Mr. Meyer was born in Mohlenwarf, Germany, Oct. 20th, 1873. He came to this country and to Grundy county in 1892 and was employed as a farmhand for a number of years. On April 15th, 1895, he and Ella Franken were married. They started housekeeping on a farm in Lincoln township and remained on the farm until they came to Holland 18 years ago. All of their large family of children were born on a Grundy county farm.
Was Head of a Family of 50
Mr. and Mrs. Meyer became the heads of a family of fifty. There were 15 children; 31 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. 13 of the children and all of the grandchildren are living. All but one of the children, Mrs. Grace Finney from Big Harbor, Washington, were able to be in attendance at the funeral service.
Mr. Meyer's wife died at her home in Holland on April 2nd, 1948. After the death of his wife, his daughter and husband and family Dale Weichers moved in with him and helped him to maintain his home.
After leaving the farm Mr. Meyer for a number of years did carpenter work, as much as his health permitted. He was a devoted husband and father, a good friend and a good neighbor whose death is deeply regretted by all who knew him.
Funeral Service Monday
Funeral services were held at the home at one o'clock and later at the Christian Reformed church in Holland of which the deceased was a member and a regular attendant. The services at the home and the church were conducted by the resident pastor. Burial was by the side of the wife in the cemetery adjoining the Colfax Presbyterian church. The graveside service was conducted by Rev. Henry Zwaanstra, pastor of the Christian Reformed church at Lincoln Center.
There was a very large attendance at the funeral service. Some of the attendants were seated in the basement during the service because all seats in the church auditorium were taken. All business in Holland was suspended during the funeral service.
Surviving children are: Eldrich, Mrs. Leo Heid and Mrs. Laverne Dieken, Dike; Mrs. Ralph Murphy, Mrs. Dale Weichers, Albert, Alvin and William, all of Holland; Mrs. John Conradi, Grundy Center; Mrs. William Finney, Big Harbor, Wash.; Tom, Marshalltown; Mrs. Walter Mohlis, Oxford, Wis., and Mrs. Calvin Heronimus, Grand Rapids, Mich.
There are three surviving sisters in Germany. One brother, Herman, who came to this country and this county, died in 1941.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 13 April 1950, pg 15
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