Kenneth F. Meister, 90, of Independence, Iowa and formerly of Tama, Iowa died Friday afternoon, October 4, 2019 in his home in Independence, IA.
Ken was born on October 31, 1928 in Manchester, Iowa the son of Carl H. and Mary Ann (Penny) Meister. He was raised in Independence, IA where he graduated from St. John’s Catholic Schools in 1949. He served in the Korean Conflict with the US Navy from October 4, 1950 to his discharge on July 27, 1954. He returned to Independence, IA where he became employed with the Mental Health Institute. He married Barbara J. Stover in 1958 and the couple divorced in 1964, at which time he moved Tama, IA, where became employed as a Lineman with the IBEW Local and worked throughout the Midwest servicing High Lines. Ken returned to Independence, Iowa in the early 1990’s.
He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the VFW, and a past president of the Eagles in Tama, IA.
Ken is survived by four daughters; Dolores (Wayne) Hollenkamp, Mora, MN, Christina Wessels, Mary Meister, and Kathy Meister all of Independence, IA. Seventeen grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter; Judi Meister, two sisters; Mildred Callahan and Thelma Becker, and four brothers; Dale, Hubert, Don, and Harold Meister.