Brian Meindl

Brian Meindl, 42, of Le Mars, Iowa, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at the Pride Group Residential Care Facility, in Le Mars.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, with Pastor David Peterson, of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, officiating. Brian’s body has been cremated and inurnment will be at a later date.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home in Clear Lake.

Those wishing to express their sympathy may wish to consider a memorial in Brian’s name to a memorial of their choice or to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill North Iowa (NAMI North Iowa) at NAMI North Iowa, PO Box 85, Mason City, Iowa 50428 (email:

Brian Zachary Meindl, son of Dr. Martin Meindl and Carol (Black) Meindl, was born Feb. 20, 1976, in Creston, Iowa. He lived there and attended school until the family moved to Mason City in 1990. While in Creston, Brian was active in sports, especially little league baseball. After an arm injury while skateboarding, Brian was no longer able to compete in sports. His older brother, David, helped Brian fill this void with what became a lifelong interest, playing the bass guitar. Brian began eighth grade at Mason City Middle School. After the family moved to Mason City, Brian and several friends formed a band called, “Soup & Sandwiches.”  Rodney DeRoos, Tom Caughlan and Corey Brunsvold were also part of this band.

Brian graduated from Mason City High School in 1995. He attended the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) briefly and then worked mainly delivering pizzas. It was about this time that Brian was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and he was soon unable to work. For a period of time he was able to live on his own with North Iowa Transition Center community support. Brian had a strong religious faith and was grateful for his involvement with the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, in Mason City, as well as the Agape Church, in Clear Lake. His high school buddy, Ryan Dannen, remained a steadfast friend long after his diagnosis of schizophrenia and came to see Brian often. In spite of his mental illness, Brian was able to maintain his great sense of humor, continued to play the bass guitar, and was able to express his love of family and God.

After Brian was no longer able to live on his own, he lived in several residential care facilities, including Duncan Heights (west of Garner) and Mallard View Care Center, in Carroll. For the past five or so years, Brian had lived at the Pride Group Residential Care Facility, in Le Mars. Brian and his mother, Carol, made frequent “home visits,” to the Econo-Lodge, in Le Mars, where Brian could enjoy his “smokes” in his room. His aunt Marilyn Schwarzkopf held a special place in his heart; among her gifts to him was a bass guitar quilt she had made.

Brian continued to enjoy playing his bass guitar and composing songs and “riffs.” While living on his own, he recorded many of his original songs and arranged them into albums. His mother created CD’s of these, and Brian enjoyed handing these out to family and friends over the years. Brian’s father, Martin, and Martin’s wife, Julie, were among the many recipients of these CD’s. The lyrics usually expressed his frustration and discouragement with his life.

Brian deeply appreciated his mother, Carol, who remained his greatest and most loyal supporter through all of his struggles and adventures.

Brian is survived by his mother, Carol Meindl, of Clear Lake; his father, Dr. Martin Meindl, of Mason City; Dr. Meindl’s wife, Julie (Rye) Meindl, of Mason City; his brother, David Meindl, of Des Moines; David’s partner, Britt Bischoff, of Des Moines; as well as, David’s former wife, Julia Aguilar Reyes, of Granada, Spain. Brian is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Margaret Meindl and Charles and Marjorie Black.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

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