April 15, 2010

(1/28/1922 - 4/12/2010)

George Stewart Meinhardt, 88, of Memphis, Missouri, died April 12, 2010, at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Kirksville, Missouri.

He was born January 28, 1922 at Luray, Missouri to Otto George and Mary May Barton Meinhardt.

He graduated from Milton High School, Milton, Iowa, with the class of 1939 and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He married Lurla E. Riebel on May 15, 1946, at Keokuk, Iowa and to this union four children were born.

George was a farmer and a member of the Northeast Missouri Angus Association for many years and had held various offices with this organization, including that of president. He was a 4-H leader and very actively involved with his children during their time in those activities. Once the Meinhardt family started showing angus livestock at the Scotland County Fair, their family held the Grand Champion Steer, Champion Heifer and Reserve Champion Heifer position for approximately a ten year run. He and Lurla enjoyed square dancing with the Calico Klickers for several years.

He was a member of the Memphis Christian Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Connie Briddle, and her husband, Garry, of Kirksville, Missouri; two sons: Donovan Meinhardt and his wife, Judi, of Colo, Iowa and Kim Meinhardt and Karen Shanley of Memphis, Missouri; ten grandchildren: Patricia Ann Meinhardt, Jared Lee Meinhardt, Brandie Briddle, Brady Briddle, Brockell Briddle, George Logan Meinhardt, Adam Meinhardt, Jason Otto Meinhardt, Rachael Ranae Cantu and Damon Eric Meinhardt; six step-grandchildren: Eric Hendrickson, Cory Hendrickson, Alicia Westercamp, Michael Melton, Susan Young and Sara Melton; four great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a sister, Thelma Gaffney and her husband, Norris, of Memphis, Missouri; three brothers: Wayne Meinhardt and his wife, Mertis, of Luray, Missouri; Dale Meinhardt and his wife, Joyce, of Kahoka, Missouri and Deane Meinhardt and his wife, Rovene, of Kahoka, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Danny George Meinhardt and a sister, Wilma Galbraith.

Funeral services were held at the Memphis Christian Church on Friday, April 16, 2010 with Brother Jack Sumption officiating. Music will be provided by Elaine Forrester and Alisa Kigar, vocalists; Joe Fulk, pianist; Brockell Briddle, violinist; and Connie Courtney, organist.

Burial followed the service in the Memphis Cemetery. Casket bearers were Adam Meinhardt, George Logan Meinhardt, Jason Meinhardt, Damon Meinhardt, Brady Briddle and Jared Meinhardt.

Memorials may be made to the Memphis Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Online condolences may be made to the Meinhardt family via mmphisfh@nemr.net.

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