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Maynard J. Meyer, 81, Dows

February 13, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

Maynard J. Meyer, age 81, of Dows died Thursday February 9, 2012 at the Southfield Wellness Community in Webster City.

Funeral services for Maynard J. Meyer will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday February 13, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Dows. Pastor Linda Bibb will officiate. Burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery in Dows.

Visitation for Maynard J. Meyer will be held from 4:00 6:00 P.M. Sunday February 12, 2012 at the Dugger Funeral Home, 100 North Lee Street in Dows and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

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Maynard J. Meyer

Maynard Junior, the son of Amelia Yakel was born April 7, 1930 in Alexander. He grew up in the Alexander and Dows areas where he attended country schools. Maynard graduated from Dows High School in 1948.

Maynard was united in marriage on April 25, 1951 to Marcella Martin at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The couple made their home north of Dows, where Maynard worked for George DeSotel on a dairy farm. In 1953, Maynard and Marcella began farming and moved to their own farm. It was on this farm Maynard and Marcella raised their three children, Geary, DeAnna and Tracy. Maynard built a very successful and well-known, Purebred Holstein dairy operation. Maynard's cattle won nationwide recognition. He also grain farmed. Maynard was a gifted carpenter and built his family's home. Maynard enjoyed bowling and playing golf. Maynard retired from the dairy business in 1987 and grain farmed up until 2007. He entered the Southfield Wellness Community in 2007.

Maynard was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dows, where he held many offices, sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Maynard served the REC Board, Farmers Mutual Board and was a 4-H leader.

Maynard is survived by his wife, Marcella, three children, Geary and wife Denice of Webster City, DeAnna and husband, Dr. Charlie Caughlan of West Des Moines, Tracy and husband, Erick Schminke of Madrid, five grandchildren, Careen (Derek), Kathryn (Dana), Thomas (Laurie), Angela (Scott), Matthew, and 8 great grandchildren, Nicholas, Eleanor, Samuel, Nora, Sean, Scarlett, Logan and Alexis.

He was preceded in death by his mother and step father, Amelia and Raymond Meyer.



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