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January 17, 2013

(3/12/1924 - 12/28/2012)

Wayne E. Meinhardt, age 88, of Luray, MO, died peacefully Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka where he had been a resident since December 28, 2012.

Wayne was born March 12, 1924, the son of Otto George and Mary May Barton Meinhardt at Luray on the family farm where he and his family made their home.

He married Mertice A. Hunziker on September 7, 1947 at the Methodist Parsonage in Kahoka.

Survivors include his wife, Mertice, of the home; two daughters, Joy (Mrs. Jerry) Hays of Luray, MO and Rae Jean (Mrs. Mud) Martin of Kahoka, MO; seven grandchildren: Kendal (Mrs. Robert) Johnston of Lake St. Louis, MO, Kami (Mrs. Miles) Cameron of Luray, MO, Kourtney (Mrs. Bryan) Zehnder of Warson Woods, MO, Josh (Amber) Lapsley of Kahoka, MO, Thadd (Angela) Lapsley of Hallsville, MO, Natt (Angie) Lapsley of Green Valley, IL, and Seth Lapsley of Luray, MO; 18 great-grandchildren: Cole Hays, Kate Amelung and Sam and Caroline Johnston, Evan, Eleanor and Estelle Cameron, Vera Zehnder, Kacie, Caleb and Casen Lapsley, Benjamin, Timothy, Matthew, Abigail and Joshua Lapsley and Nathan and Audrey Lapsley; a sister, Thelma (Mrs. Norris) Gaffney of Memphis, MO; a brother, Deane (Rovene) Meinhardt of Kahoka, MO; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Joyce Meinhardt of Kahoka, MO, Marydot Hunziker of Kahoka, MO, Marjorie and George Harris of Quincy, IL and Janice and Terry Crone of Alexandria, MO; as well as many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Galbraith and her husband, Robert; two brothers, George Meinhardt and his wife, Lurla, and Dale Meinhardt; and brother-in-law, Melvin Hunziker.

Wayne graduated from High School in Milton, IA, and served in the US Army during the occupation of Japan.

He farmed all of his life and was an "antiquer". He loved to hunt for the bargain and restore antique tractors and cars. He had recently began collecting windmills. He was proud to be a recipient of the Soil Conservation Award.

Wayne was a community-minded person and belonged to various organizations including the Clark Co. Fire Corporation board, Luray School Board, and former telephone board. He was an active member of the Fox Valley Two-Cylinder Club.

Wayne became a member of the Luray Methodist Church at the age of eleven when he was baptized in Clyde Peters's pond.

Wayne was a 50-year member of Hiram Lodge # 192, A.F. & A.M. at Wayland. He enjoyed pulling antique tractors and attending pulls. It was a joy to him to be able to help build his grandkids a cabin on the pond at the family farm and a dream come true. He loved his fellowship at the local coffee shops and at the former Hawkins Station at Luray.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Luray United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Lemons and Pastor Barb Hagerla officiating. Mrs. Bonnie Vineyard was organist. Special music "Amazing Grace", "My Chains Are Gone" and "I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry" was provided by the Kahoka Methodist Sunday Singers accompanied by Mrs. Rae Jean Martin and "He Touched Me" by Mrs. Amber Lapsley and Mrs. Martha Six.

Honorary pallbearers were Frank Seaver and Junior Smith. Pallbearers were Robert Johnston, Miles Cameron, Bryan Zehnder, Josh Lapsley, Thadd Lapsley, Natt Lapsley, Seth Lapsley and Cole Hays.

Burial was in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Memorials were suggested to the Luray United Methodist Church.

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