Dresden -- Gerald F. Meitl, 83, died Wednesday (May, 24, 2006) at his farm near Dresden.
He was born March 25, 1923, in Decatur County, to John and Bertha (Ypma) Meitl and raised on a farm near Dresden. He attended Leoville Schools, graduated in 1940.
He was a member of the U.S. armed forces.
On June 6, 1951, he married Lois Neff in Selden. He made his living as a farmer.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in Leoville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gregory in 1960; and brothers, Elmer, Ernest and Sylvester; and sister Genevieve Campbell.
Survivors include his wife, Lois of Dresden; three sons, Steven and wife, Marlene of McCook, Tim and wife, Alice of Lebanon, and Brice and wife, Darci of Oberlin; five daughters, Joan Meitl and husband, Jeff Franklin of Boise, Idaho, Ann Johnson of Lenexa, Kan., Nancy and husband, Brad Bassett of Salina, Kan., Gail and husband, Todd Shields of Kansas City, Kan., and Cindy and husband, Edward Starks of Helena, Mont.; brothers, Rev. Roger Meitl of St. Francis, Walter and wife, Rosella Meitl of Oberlin, and Janice Meitl of Green Valley, Ariz.; a sister, Jacki Kenney of Indianapolis, Ind.; and 13 grandchildren.
Services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Leoville with the Rev. Roger Meitl officiating. Interment will be at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Leoville.
A vigil service will be 7 p.m., Monday, at the church
Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday at the funeral home and 5-8 p.m., Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Gerald Meitl Memorial Fund, to be established at a later date.
Pauls Funeral Home of Oberlin is in charge of arrangements.