Marvin Eugene Meeker, of Warsaw, Ind., died at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at his residence at the age of 81.
He was born on July 30, 1935 in Sidney, Ohio, to Marvin Dale Meeker and Jennie Elizabeth (Wilt) Meeker. On June 12, 1954, he was married to Jeralyn Louise (Backfisch) Meeker, who survives in Warsaw.
He attended Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., at the age of 35. Later he pastored in Altoona, Pa.; Udell, Iowa; Eaton, Ohio; Mishawaka, Ind.; Niles, Mich.; New Troy, Mich.; Talma, Ind.; Cooks Chapel in Warsaw, Ind.; Solid Rock Grace Brethren Church in South Whitley, Ind.; and most recently in Flora, Ind.
Marvin loved to play softball, and was even semi-pro as a pitcher and catcher. He was a wonderful artist, liked to bowl, and enjoyed being the church camp director in Pennsylvania and Warsaw, Indiana. He was a member of Lakeland Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Jeralyn “Jeri” Meeker (Warsaw, Ind.); son: Lyle (wife Kathleen) Meeker (Warsaw, Ind.); and two daughters: Jeri (husband Robert) Melcher (Winona Lake, Ind.); Junie Meeker (Indianapolis, Ind.). Also surviving are six grandchildren: Jessica (husband Tim) Williams (Tucker, Ga.); Shaun (wife Tiffany) Meeker (Warsaw, Ind.); Jason Melcher (Warsaw, Ind.); Ruth Meeker (Warsaw, Ind.); Michal Meeker (Warsaw, Ind.); Jacob Melcher (Ft. Wayne, Ind.); and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lakeland Grace Brethren Church, 2638 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, Ind.
His funeral service will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Lakeland Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw and officiated by Pastor Dr. Russell E. Simpson. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Lakeland Grace Brethren Church, 2638 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 to go towards the Practorium Fund.